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Pall Corp. gets OK for improved E. coli detection system

GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology system for E. coli detection

GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology system for E. coli detection Credit: Pall Corp.

Pall Corp., the Port Washington filtration company, said one of its systems has been validated by a scientific standards association as an approved method for rooting out E. coli food contamination. 

Pall said its GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology system “has been validated by the AOAC Research Institute for detection of non-O157 STEC in meat.” 

“Meat processors now have an independently validated, extremely easy-to-use and fast test method to better ensure that their raw materials and final products are microbiologically safe, and ready for market,” Pall said in a news release. 

The Pall system was produced to help meat processors abide by Food and Drug Administration rules for detecting pathogens. 

The system “is the first to receive AOAC's multiparametric validation of a detection method for four serogroups of the most common non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in ground beef and beef trim,” the company said.

“The Pall GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology system enables producers to test simultaneously for the pathogenic E. coli O157 and four of the top six non-O157 STEC (O26, O103, O111, O145) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies as key targets in its new laboratory guidance.”

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