Australian government approves food pathogen detection methods for export meat products


The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture has officially approved Life Technologies Corporation’s  MicroSEQ® Real-Time PCR workflow as a test method that will detect pathogens in export meat and meat products.


The MicroSEQ® Real-Time PCR workflows will be used to detect E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef and beef trim, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in meat and meat products, according to a press release.

Australia is one of the world’s second largest beef exporter, with many of the products subject to testing as part of the trade agreements between Australia and importing countries. Microbiological testing is usual practice by both exporting and importing countries following government approved methods at regulated laboratories to ensure the quality of the export products.

“We believe that this approval warrants our dedication as a global leader to food safety.” said Gerard Davis, Director of Animal Health, Food Safety & Environment, Asia Pacific and Japan region of Life Technologies.

“We are committed to offer integrated solutions to provide faster, accurate and innovative technologies to food producers, service labs and governments in every region across the globe.”

The approved total workflows include use of PrepSEQ™ Rapid Spin Sample Preparation Kit or Automated PrepSEQ™ Nucleic Acid Extraction Kit, MicroSEQ® Detection Kits and 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR Instrument, guided by the RapidFinder™ Express Software to gain data.

“Grounded in the community, we offer wide solutions to researchers and institutions in fields such as Life Science, Medical Science, Food and Animal Safety and Forensics” said Owen Wright, General Manager ofAustralia and New Zealand of Life Technologies.

“We are glad that with our global expertise, we could contribute to the Australian and global food industry.”

Life Technologies Corporation is a global biotechnology company with presence in over 180 countries. The company has a portfolio of about 50,000 end-to-end solutions secured by more than 5,000 patents and licenses. Life Technologies has approximately 10,000 employees and had sales of $3.8 billion in 2012.

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