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FSIS adapts new system to detect Salmonella in ready-to-eat foods.

The BAX[R] system, a genetics-based screening method developed by DuPont Qualicon, has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to detect Salmonella in ready-to-eat meat, poultry, and pasteurized eggs. FSIS adopted the system after an evaluation determined that BAX was as sensitive as the current method of detecting Salmonella and that it reduced reporting time by at least three days.

The BAX system is a genetics-based screening method that detects target bacteria in raw ingredients, finished food products, and environmental samples. It is automated, takes little space, and looks like a desktop computer. More than 200 BAX systems are in use by governments, food companies, and laboratories in 30 countries.

FSIS already has adopted the BAX system for Listeria monocytogenes and is now evaluating it for detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7.

DuPont Qualicon is on the Web at http://www.qualicon.com. Phone: (800) 863-6842. Postal address: Bedford Bldg, 3531 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
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Title Annotation:Products & Services
Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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