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Tests to find elusive pathogens within reach, says DuPont Qualicon


A new technology deal will enhance the diagnostic capabilities of DuPont Qualicon in terms of detecting microorganisms that affect food safety and quality, claims the company.

The global diagnostic provider said it has been granted a licence by DxS to use its Scorpion diagnostic platform to develop tests for use by the food industry.

It said the closed-tube platform for PCR analysis provides a very high level of sensitivity and adaptability for assays that support faster time to results without sacrificing accuracy.

“This technology will help us deliver assays with maximum efficiency and precision,” said Barbara Robleto, marketing communications manager at DuPont Qualicon. She told that the specific pathogens and spoilage organisms that the new assays will be able to detect will be determined at the time of development but that Scorpion’s sensitivity makes it ideal for detecting often difficult to find organisms that may not be identifiable through other diagnostic platforms.

DuPont Qualicon said its products are used by food companies, service labs and government laboratories throughout the world.

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