New kit detects bacteria on equipment, food

by Jeff Gelski
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PLEASANTON, CALIF. — New DeltaTrak FlashCheck real-time bacterial enzyme detection kits have been shown to allow growers, producers and processors to identify the presence of bacteria in the product or equipment facility in as little as 20 minutes, according to Pleasanton-based DeltaTrak. FlashCheck’s enzyme detection system consists of synthetic substrates. The presence of the substrates and enzymes specific to certain microorganisms causes a chemical reaction.

“Field studies and microbial rapid screen validations at the University of California-Davis and Michigan State University confirmed that FlashCheck test kits demonstrated over 98% accuracy when compared to traditional growth media procedures,” said Frederick Wu, president and chief executive officer 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.”

DeltaTrak will present a half-hour session on bacteria testing at the 2011 Food Safety Summit April 19-21 in Washington.

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