Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. has announced that the company has been awarded a contract for iQ-Check real-time PCR pathogen detection test kits and the iQ-Check Prep Automation System from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). 

The contract includes real-time PCR based tests for pathogens that include Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Shiga toxin- producing E. coli (STEC) that may be found in raw meat and poultry, ready-to-eat meat and poultry, processed egg products, and other food products and environmental samples. Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check real-time PCR test kits were selected based on their proven real-time PCR technology that uses highly specific patented DNA probes to detect pathogenic bacteria in a sample. USDA FSIS will also incorporate Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep automation system for high throughput sample processing and elevated traceability. 

“We are pleased to partner with the USDA to help protect the food supply,” says Annette Tumolo, Bio-Rad president, Life Science Group. “This is an exciting development for Bio-Rad, reflecting our strong performance in the area of rapid food pathogen testing solutions.”

The iQ-Check kits for pathogen detection are routinely used in food safety programs worldwide and are recognized by several renowned international validation organizations.

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