Volume 90 Issue 13 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 26, 2012

Joining Forces For Food Safety

Instrumentation: Agilent, FDA team up to improve methods for pathogen detection, seafood identification
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: food safety, FDA, Agilent Technologies, mass spectrometry

Instrumentation company Agilent Technologies is partnering with the Food & Drug Administration to develop mass-spectrometry-based methods for identifying subtypes of Salmonella bacteria in food. The joint effort, announced on March 19, also aims to improve Agilent’s DNA-based lab-on-a-chip analyzer for verifying whether seafood is accurately labeled.

When outbreaks of food-borne illness occur, knowing the subtype of the pathogen can help pinpoint the source of the contamination. “Techniques that are . . .

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