By Justin Petrone

SQI Diagnostics said this week that it will design a food-testing panel for Silliker, a global network of laboratories that provides nutrition, food safety, and quality assurance.

Under the terms of the agreement, Toronto-based SQI will create an array-based assay to test for the presence of food-borne botulism, a harmful toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum found in environments with little oxygen, such as in canned food.

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