Thermo Fisher unveils new Salmonella test
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the laboratory equipment maker based in Waltham, today unveiled a method to help food manufacturers detect Salmonella contamination in their products. The company said its Salmonella Rapid Culture Method can provide accurate results in less than 48 hours, compared with as many as four days for other methods.
Thermo Fisher's system involves using culture products in a two-step procedure.
"The recent Salmonella crisis underscores the fact that food producers can never be too vigilant," said Tom Floyd, the company's president of microbiology products, "The financial and emotional consequences of even one food safety incident can be staggering, from overnight bankruptcies to, much worse, loss of life. But solutions that detect pathogens should not disrupt the production process, and that's why we're committed to delivering technology and methods that are both accurate and rapid."