As Campylobacter becomes nation’s most common food pathogen, Hygiena BAX® System Assay becomes key screening tool against illness

Method adopted by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

 

The potentially deadly microbe Campylobacter was named the most common infectious agent in food for the first time, shortly after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) adopted Hygiena’s BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for screening Campylobacter jejuni/coli/lari in poultry rinse, sponge, and raw product samples.

The adoption into the USDA’s Molecular Laboratory Guidebook (MLG), which helps set guidelines for microbiology methodologies used to protect the nation’s food supply, marks another acceptance of the the BAX® System by the agency. The system already is an adopted method for detecting Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Inclusion in the MLG is not a specific endorsement of a method, but an announcement that the BAX® System is one of the techniques used by FSIS labs.

Recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Campylobacter, which most often infects poultry and is also found in raw (un-Pasteurized) milk, was in 2016 the most common food-borne pathogen, surging ahead of Salmonella bacteria, which had historically been the most common food pathogen. Campylobacter is believed to cause more than 850,000 illnesses in the United States each year.

The BAX® System method uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to differentiate common species of Campylobacter (C. jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari), with adjustable detection thresholds for each species. Results from using the system are available in less than 30 hours, compared to nearly one week for traditional cell culture/incubation methods.

The BAX® System is a breakthrough genetics-based screening method that detects target bacteria in raw ingredients, finished food products and environmental samples. The automated, easy-to-use system has been available since 2000, when the BAX® System revolutionized rapid food pathogen testing. Nearly 20 years later, the trusted, tried and true technology of the BAX® System continues to be in use by governments, food companies and laboratories around the world.

In March, Hygiena completed the acquisition of DuPont Diagnostics, expanding its portfolio of food safety diagnostics products to include the BAX® System, RiboPrinter® System, Lateral Flow System, StatMedia™ and Dehydrated Culture Media product lines. 

 


 

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