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19th March 2024  Content supplied by: Hygiena

Health Canada Approves Hygiena's Rapid E. coli O157:H7 Detection in Raw Meat Products

Hygiena has announced that its innovative method for detecting Escherichia coli O157:H7/NM in Raw Meat Products has received official approval for publication. This method, referred to as the "BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for E. coli O157:H7 Exact", has been granted a respected position in the Compendium of Analytical Methods, identified as MFLP-115.

Steven Nason, CEO of Hygiena, commented on this significant milestone, "This approval by the Microbiological Methods Committee (MMC) is not just a testament to our method's outstanding performance but also underscores the vital role our products play in safeguarding public health in Canada. We're proud to contribute to the high standards of food safety and quality, reinforcing our commitment to the wellbeing of Canadian consumers."

"We are thrilled to introduce this game-changing advancement to the food safety industry," remarked Kathy Wilson, Country Sales and Operations Manager at Hygiena. "With the approval of our Real-Time E. coli Exact assay, the BAX® System continues to revolutionize pathogen testing, offering unparalleled speed, accuracy, and efficiency."

The BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay represents a major leap in food safety technology. It offers quick and precise detection of the pathogen E. coli O157:H7/NM in a variety of raw meat products. Its inclusion in the Compendium signifies its sensitivity and specificity, with the fastest turn-around time solidifying its status as an essential tool for food safety professionals globally.

The Compendium of Analytical Methods, which will soon feature this method in both of Canada's official languages, is a critical resource for stakeholders in the food industry. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining high standards of food safety and quality. The upcoming availability of Hygiena's method in the Compendium's online index will provide access to an official copy of the method.

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Editors Note: NM stands for non-motile, E.coli O157:H7/NM is a different serotype from the more common E.coli O157:H7, lacking the flagellar H antigen makes it non-motile (NM).

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Date Published: 19th March 2024

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