Detection Kits Identify Presence of Bacteria in the Field in as Little as 20 Minutes without the Need or Expense of Laboratory Testing
PLEASANTON, Calif. -- DeltaTRAK®, a leading innovator of food safety and cold chain management solutions, today introduced its new line of bacteria detection kits.
The DeltaTRAK FlashCheck® Real-Time Bacterial Enzyme Detection kits include products that can screen for the presence of harmful bacteria on surfaces of equipment and food.
They provide the fastest detection of low levels of bacteria associated with contamination and foodborne illness. Using the FlashCheck Real-Time Bacterial Enzyme Detection kits will allow growers, producers and processors to identify the presence of bacteria in the product or equipment facility in as little as 20 minutes. The company is partnering with Mr. George Nakamura, a recognized national food safety and sanitation expert, to present an educational half hour session on "Pathogenic Bacteria Testing in the Field using Enzyme Detection Technology: No Lab Required," at the 2011 Food Safety Summit April 19 - 21 in Washington, DC. To register for the session email Alex Laspinas at email@example.com.
Additionally, the company will demonstrate the new kits at its booth #406 at the show. "Field studies and microbial rapid screen validations at the University of California Davis and Michigan State University confirmed that the FlashCheck test kits demonstrated over 98% accuracy when compared to traditional growth media procedures," said Frederick Wu, president and CEO of DeltaTRAK. "In addition to being extremely accurate, the kits are inexpensive, easy to use and produce results in 20 minutes as compared with 48 hours for other tests. This means users can test more often and thereby reduce the chances of food contamination going undetected."
FlashCheck® Real-Time Bacterial Enzyme Detection technology uses a unique enzyme detection system consisting of synthetic substrates, which in the presence of enzymes specific to certain microorganisms causes a chemical reaction. The kits are capable of screening for the presence of bacteria on surfaces, equipment, and food; or in water and beverages. Kits will be offered in low cost, manual swab/strip formats or a handheld fluorometer format.
Antigen/antibody technologies commonly used for bacterial detection, such as ELISA, culture and PCR, tend to be slow, cumbersome and expensive. ATP tests are ineffective for bacteria detection as they test only for the ATP molecule which is present in all organic matter, and can result in many false positive results. With enzyme detection, users will know if harmful bacteria are present. Additionally, users can significantly cut the time it takes to determine the presence or absence of bacteria, which will facilitate the checking of these critical control points effectively and rapidly.
About DeltaTRAK® DeltaTRAK® manufactures high quality hardware and software for the monitoring and recording of temperature, humidity, and pH. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, DeltaTRAK also has an R&D facility in San Diego, California, a manufacturing and distribution facility in Modesto, California, and an electronic assembly plant in Shenzhen, China. Contact DeltaTRAK by phone at 1-800-962-6776 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found at www.deltatrak.com