E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

Highly sensitive E coli test uses new molecular technology

28th July 2013

The University of Alberta reports they have developed a new testing device that can detect E.coli while meat is still in the food processing premises.

The test is rapid and only takes an hour to yield results. This is conducted by placing a sample of meat in the shoebox-sized device and simply pushing a button. The device is able to make millions of copies of the genes in the meat sample and therefore detect whether or not E.coli is present.

The test is also faster and less expensive than others that are currently used.

The University of Alberta has received $500,000 in funding from Genome Alberta and its partners to fine-tune this device.

Well done to the University of Alberta! Let's hope in time to come, that this testing device can be used in the UK as this could help stop the bacterium E.coli O157 entering the food chain via meat products.

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