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Applied Market Watch: Australia Approves Life Tech PCR Workflow for Food Testing


Life Technologies said this week that its MicroSEQ real-time PCR workflow was officially approved by the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture as an approved test method to detect pathogens in export meat and meat products.

Australia is a major exporter of food and the second largest exporter of beef in the world, Life Tech said. When exporting food, many products are subject to testing as part of the trade arrangements between Australia and importing countries, and many countries require test methods approved by the government of Australia.

The Department of Agriculture in Australia has reviewed the validation data and granted approval for the use of Life Tech's PCR workflows to detect three pathogens: Escherichia coli O157:H7 (in raw ground beef and beef trim); Salmonella; and Listeria monocytogenes (in meat and meat products). The approved total workflows include the use of the 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 RapidFinder Express software.