Revolutionizing food safety by producing results within hours
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A new E.coli rapid testing kit developed by researchers at Western University is revolutionizing food safety testing by producing results within hours, not days – and ensuring contaminated food doesn’t make it to the produce aisle of  your neighbourhood grocery store.

The kit detects E. coli 0157, the same food-borne bacteria causing the current outbreak in the US and Canada linked to romaine lettuce. The kit has been approved by Health Canada and translated for commercial use.

The first production lot of this assay was last summer and this kit is now making its way to food processing plants in North America.

To learn more visit, Western University.

“Our goal is to get the testing to occur as close as possible to the source. This technology is not only faster, but it’s less expensive, it’s easy to use, and it can occur right in the processing plant.”
Dr. Michael Rieder
Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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