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Risk-based surveillance approach in slaughterhouses

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Vion Food Group (The Netherlands) recently entered into a collaboration to develop and implement antibody tests for the detection of food hazards at the slaughterhouse. Vion is a food company, specialising in meat, that services approximately 100 million consumers worldwide. The company uses food chain information to help ensure that the quality of slaughtered animals complies with their specifications.

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Early diagnosis and prevention of reproductive diseases can help reduce risk of financial loss

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A ranch that typically sees calving rates over 90% suddenly has a storm of open cows and abortions, and the calving rate drops to 50% or lower. Too late, the rancher discovers the herd is infected with a reproductive disease such as bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) or trichomoniasis (Trich). Losses at that level, or even less profound reductions in reproductive efficiency, add up to a major economic impact to the operation.

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Molecular Technology to Enhance Future Diagnostics

Diagnostics are likely to play an increasingly important role in veterinary practice over the next few years, according to speakers at a satellite symposium at WAVLD (World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians) in Berlin. The application of molecular technology, such as sequencing, is opening up new avenues and allowing the development of faster, more sensitive and more selective tests.

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Serology Versus Molecular Technology

The introduction of routine serological tests in diagnostic laboratories provided veterinarians with a valuable tool for diagnosing and tracking a wide range of common infections in production animals. In particular, the technology provided information about infections caused by viruses, which are extremely difficult to identify by culturing them under laboratory conditions. But has serology been replaced by newer, molecular technology? Life Technologies offers the answer.

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