Yesterday we announced at the International Association of Food Protection annual meeting the launch of the MicroSEQ® E. coli O157:H7 assay, designed to detect the deadly strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli), using our real-time PCR technology.  The assay has secured Performance Tested MethodsSM certification from the AOAC Research Institute for detection of E. coli O157:H7.  What does this mean for you and me?  This new product will enable more effective monitoring of the food supply for contamination and help ensure food safety.

E. coli can cause severe illness, even death and has been responsible for significant outbreaks of food poisoning across the globe.  The MicroSEQ E. coli O157:H7 detection assay is highly specific and sensitive and can be run in as little as eight hours.

“Life Technologies has demonstrated that the MicroSEQ E. coli O157:H7 Detection Kit performs as well or better than the ISO and USDA reference methods for a variety of foods, earning Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute,” said Dr. Sharon Brunelle, technical consultant, AOAC Research Institute.

The certification of the MicroSEQ E. coli O157:H7 detection assay means that the assay meets the stringent pathogen detection requirements of many companies and testing organizations responsible for safeguarding food supplies.