Pet food manufacturers come in all shapes and sizes and may be impacted differently by the new FSMA rules. But many in the pet food industry have the same basic need: an accurate pathogen test that provides the fastest turnaround time possible. Pathogen testing methods that are best suited to the pet food industry are those that have demonstrated accurate, timely results in challenging matrices, such as environmental surfaces and dry kibble.
The Atlas System Solutions can provide the pet food industry with:
Rapid turnaround time
Highly accurate results
Solutions for difficult matrices
The Costly Operational Impact of Salmonella Cross Reactors in Pet Food Manufacturing
Bacteria have a unique ability to thrive in even the harshest environments. This is in part due to their ability to rapidly adapt to their surroundings at a genetic level. Citrobacter, Salmonella and E. coli are no exception, as these organisms have developed survival strategies which enable rapid phenotypical (physical and biochemical) change under stressful conditions. This explains why it can be so difficult to properly identify bacterial organisms that are living together in similar niches with biochemical tests and immunoassays. These organisms actually grow to become more similar, as various characteristics prove to be beneficial to survival.
Is your operation experiencing any of these? High False Positive rates
Costly mitigation action
Inconclusive pathogen tests
What can you do? Take a different approach.
The Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay is an RNA based assay, not DNA like PCR or antibody based like ELFA. By using RNA, the result is a higher level of specificity between the two closely related organisms and therefore can indeed discriminate between the closely related Salmonella and Citrobacter. In addition, there are three additional levels of molecular specificity built into the Roka technology that ensure that the result you get is accurate, actionable, and often times more rapid than many of the other methods.
Whether you test in house or utilize a third party laboratory, make the move today to eliminate the cross reactor issue in your facilities and experience the productivity and efficiency Roka technology can deliver.
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