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15th March 2023  Content supplied by: Hygiena

Have you Heard About All of Hygiena’s PCR Options?

There is more to PCR than just pathogens
Pathogens are a core component of a food safety plan but there are also GMOs, allergens, animal identification, animal health, toxins, viruses and spoilage and indicator organisms. Being able to utilize the sensitivity, accuracy and specificity of a PCR solution is key when thinking about the full view of food safety and quality systems.

Introducing foodproof® and microproof®
The foodproof brand brings a suite of all the core pathogen targets with a wide variety of multiplexing (combination of multiple targets into one PCR test) assays with combinations of pathogens, serotypes and even indicator organisms like Enterobacteriaceae. Not to forget the novel screening and identification assay where we can identify up to eight serotypes in a single PCR test. When combined with the BAX® System assays, a full portfolio of testing options are available.

Outside of pathogens, foodproof has the best spoilage assays on the market. These include yeast and mold quantification, Aspergillus detection and identification, and beer screening assays that detect 30 of the most important spoilage bacteria in a single reaction, to name but a few.

Allergens, food fraud, and GMO testing
Rounding out foodproof PCR, we have streamlined GMO testing to utilize the flexibility of PCR to not only detect, but also identify and quantify. With over 25 options for maize and soy, our foodproof PCR assays can add stability and consistency to your lab testing procedures compared to preparing home-brew kits.

As allergens become more and more life-threatening to consumers, PCR is a great option to detect trace amounts of potential contaminants. Hygiena is leading the industry with foodproof PCR assays for allergens with options to detect celery, gluten, hazelnut, peanut and soy.

Food fraud has always been a topic for food safety (we all remember the horse meat debacle). The Animal ID products provide additional verification to protect the products' purity with animal detection and also controls against fraud through verification of animal species used in meat products.

We’ve talked a lot about the food and ingredients that foodproof and BAX solutions cover, but what about the environment and water?
The environment and water play a huge role in downstream food safety and quality. Apart from the common pathogens and indicator organisms testing (also part of our portfolio), Legionella and other organisms for hygiene screening, like Staphylococcus, Micrococcus and Corynebacterium, are a focus for us as well. The microproof assays play a trusted role in the detection and quantification of pathogens in environmental and water samples to offer reliable analysis with high sensitivity and specificity.

Get the Hygiena PCR Solution
At Hygiena, we have great subject matter experts (sales, technical specialists, diagnostic support and customer service) that can help you figure out all the combinations of solutions you might need.

Here are some final tips to think about while you are looking for solutions for food safety and quality testing:

  • PCR is not just for pathogens.
  • We partner with you to build the solution that you need; it can include a combination of the brands that we offer.
  • Our solutions are more than just assays; we consider the components that go into testing, like instrumentation, automation, software, extractions and assay targets.
  • Not only did we expand our PCR product line, but we have taken the service and software our customers love and extended those to all of our PCR brands.

Download our full Portfolio Overview here or use the Request Information button to contact Hygiena directly.

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Date Published: 15th March 2023

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