Focus on Rapid Microbial Detection

March 22, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Specific screening test
Since the launch of its first Salmonella test kit in 1987, TECRA's innovative products have been progressively adopted for routine testing by food and industrial testing laboratories around the world. Rapid test kits for some of the major causes of food poisoning such as Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcal enterotoxins are among the many products that TECRA manufactures, but more recently-launched test kits such as those for Campylobacter and Pseudomonas are attracting attention by setting new standards of speed, performance and convenience.

International BioProducts Inc., P.O. Box 0746, Bothell, WA 98041-0746. Tel. (800) 729-7611; fax (425) 398.7972; or

Food Safety Solutions
Neogen Corporation develops and markets food safety solutions. Neogen's solutions include rapid, easy-to-use and accurate test kits for pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Salmonella enteritidis, Listeria and Campylobacter; and rapid sanitation tests, including kits for generic E. coli, TPC, yeast and fungi, and protein and ATP — Biotrace's market-leading Uni-Lite XCEL. Neogen's Acumedia subsidiary can fill any dehydrated culture media need, from custom blends to high-volume production.

Neogen Corporation, 620 Lesher Pl., Lansing MI 48912. Tel. (517) 372-9200; fax (517) 372-0108;

Rapid Detection System
GENE-TRAK Systems, a leading manufacturer of food diagnostics, introduces a new rapid system for detecting Salmonella spp. in food. Sequepoint Salmonella utilizes DNA hybridization technology in a microtiter format that can be used manually or with an automated processor for high throughput of microbiological analysis of food samples. Utilization of directly labeled probes provides sensitivity and specificity equivalent to the GENE-TRAK Salmonella DLP Assay and traditional culture methods. The assay is capable of detecting as few as 1 Salmonella cell in 25 grams of food sample. The combination of DNA hybridization technology in a 96 well microtiter format offers flexibility, convenience and reliable results.

GENE-TRAK Systems, 94 South St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. Tel. (508) 435-7400; fax (508) 435-0025.

Safety monitoring
Eichrom's products result from innovations in chemical separations, immunoassay and particle manufacturing. The eclipse E.coli O157:H7 rapid test is designed for safety monitoring of ground beef, pork, and vegetables and offers superior specificity for the :H7 species at high sensitivity to significantly reduce the incidences of false positives. Eichrom also manufactures Medi8, and accelerated growth medium for E. coli O157:H7.

Eichrom Technologies, Inc., 8205 S. Cass Ave, Suite 111, Darien, IL 60561. Tel. (630) 963-0320; fax (630) 963-1928; Product 228

"Drain Doser" pumps
Anko Products' new generation of MityFlex peristaltic pumps are designed for increased efficiencies in flow-maintenance dosing, feed, metering and sampling operations. MityFlex pumps are the longtime industry-proven choice as "Drain Dosers" for injection of microbial cultures into commercial drain lines. The cultures keep drain lines flowing freely by helping eliminate buildups of clogging fats, oils and grease. Regulated amounts of naturally occurring bacteria are dispensed into grease traps and drainage collection systems, via the adjustable flow rates of the MityFlex pumps. These Drain Dosers are used in plant facilities ranging from chemical manufacture to food and beverage processing, and in thousands of commercial and institutional foodservice locations worldwide.

Anko Products, Inc., 3007 29th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 3420. Tel. (800) 446-2656; fax (941) 748-2307;

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts


Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!


Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.


FE recent tweets