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Applied Biosystems Launches new Tools to Increase Food Safety

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Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, has announced the expansion of its portfolio of food safety testing solutions, with new kits and software to improve the detection of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in food.

These new tools, which include MicroSEQ® Pathogen Detection kits, PrepSEQ™ sample preparation kits and data analysis software, were developed to enable government agencies and food companies to monitor the food supply for contamination to help ensure food safety.

These tools can deliver the highest standard for next-generation food testing technology, which is being deployed to protect consumers from contaminated food, such as Salmonella-tainted peanut butter, which recently caused the largest food recall in US history.

The MicroSEQ Salmonella spp. Detection Kit and MicroSEQ Listeria monocytogenes Detection Kit are enabled by a new innovation that combines fast real-time PCR-based molecular technology, in a lyophilized or dried format, that reduces the handling of samples.

The kits are part of a complete workflow that is optimized for use with the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System. This is a simple, three-step process that enriches the sample, prepares the DNA by removing inhibitors with either the PrepSEQ Nucleic Acid Extraction Kit or the PrepSEQ Rapid Spin Sample Preparation Kit and runs the test using RapidFinder™ Express software for improved data analysis.