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5th March 2021  Content supplied by: Solus Scientific Solutions Ltd.

A New Highly Sensitive, Cost Effective Assay for E. coli 0157 in Raw Ground Beef and Raw Beef Trim

PerkinElmer, Inc., has launched the Solus™ One E. coli O157 Pathogen Detection Assay for raw ground beef and raw beef trim. This system is designed for customers who receive a high volume of food samples daily and need a highly sensitive, cost-effective assay. The assay is compatible with the Dynex DS2 automated reader, offering industry-leading result sample volume.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is bacteria commonly found as part of the normal gut flora of humans and animals. Most are harmless; however, some strains - including the most common E. coli O157 - produce toxins that can cause intestinal illness especially in people in higher-risk categories such as pregnant women, immunosuppressed people, and the elderly.

Having robust and accurate E. coli testing capabilities enables food suppliers to take action faster if the pathogen is detected in their facilities.

PerkinElmer’s Solus One E. coli O157 system features a single, 10-hour enrichment, one-step sample preparation, and automated workflow to process up to 192 tests per run. The user-friendly instrument, kits, and methods also require less training than traditional approaches for lab technicians, enabling them to “set it and forget it” for up to two hours, freeing their time to conduct other lab work such as running another automated protocol to maximize sample throughput.

E. coli O157 is important and requires scientific expertise to provide solutions that food processors and contract labs can trust,” said Greg Sears, VP and GM of Food at PerkinElmer. “With our new high throughput offering, we can help food processors stay ahead of the constant E. coli testing cycle by streamlining their testing workflows and increasing productivity while helping to protect consumer safety in the global food chain.”

PerkinElmer’s meat testing and analysis innovations are part of the Company’s broader safety and quality solutions for food, including grain, dairy, meats, produce, edible oils, and seafood.

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Date Published: 5th March 2021

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