Weber Scientific is pleased to announce that they will be distributing a new PCR test for finished dairy products, the foodproof(R) yeast and mold quantification test developed by BIOTECON Diagnostics (Potsdam, Germany). Current plate count methods often take a minimum of 5 days to get a result, sometimes longer, so an under 4 hour same day method is a major breakthrough in testing for these micro-organisms that are responsible for significant spoilage and economic losses in the food and dairy industry.

100% specificity has been demonstrated with 290 strains representing 260 species with all important phylogenetic groups included. 100% exclusivity was also demonstrated with 60 strains of non-target microorganisms typically found in similar ecological niches. Sensitivity is 101 - 102 cells / g depending on sample type.

According to Phil Coombs, product specialist, “This test is based on well-established real-time PCR technology. There is a high degree of correlation between conventional methods and PCR. Results are displayed in CFU per gram and only viable organisms are detected.” Dr. Coombs goes on to say, “Initial reaction to this new test has been exceptional. The real cost benefits will be achieved by how much more quickly can product be shipped and how many recalls avoided.”

BIOTECON Diagnostics is an experienced manufacturer of fully-licensed PCR-based rapid tests for the food industry since 1998, with applications and R&D supported by an ISO 17025 accredited service lab.

To find out more contact Phil Coombs at pcoombs@weberscientific.comor 609-508-2300.