(PRWEB) December 22, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared six additional E. coli serogroups – O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 and O145 – adulterants in non-intact raw beef. Raw ground beef, its components, and tenderized steaks found to contain these bacteria will be prohibited from sale to consumers. The Food Safety and Inspection Service will begin testing for the STEC “big six” and enforcing the new policy on March 5, 2012.
As the world’s recognized leader in food microbiology, Silliker provides testing for the six E. coli
serogroups with the best commercially available methods and premier quality management systems. “Silliker has a longstanding tradition of leadership in microbiological testing, especially of food pathogens, and we are ready to support customers with the best commercially available detection methods for the STEC big six,” said Dr. Russell Flowers, Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientific Officer of Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation.
The new E. coli provision is the latest in a series of government measures to prevent foodborne
illness, raising the likelihood other pathogens will be targeted for stricter surveillance and enforcement actions. Silliker offers a number of services, including pre-requisite program reviews and HACCP audits, to help companies prepare for the new E. coli regulations.
Under the leadership of Dr. Flowers, the company’s dedicated research unit is working closely with regulators, academia and key industry players to evaluate today’s testing options and evaluate future new technologies. Silliker, a respected partner of the meat industry for over 40 years, assisted in the development of sampling compositing programs and rapid testing methods that are currently utilized industry-wide.