Food Safety

A changing environment demands innovation in diagnostics

Foodborne disease can be prevented—and yet too often it isn’t.

Every year contaminated food sickens some 48 million people in the United States, necessitates 128,000 hospitalizations, and results in 3,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to the toll in human suffering, food contamination that is discovered too late exacts a heavy financial cost on the food industry and the public. A study supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts has estimated the cost in the United States at $152 billion after accounting for lost workdays and reduced quality of life as well as medical expense.

Continuing outbreaks of foodborne illness have underscored the need to better identify microbial pathogens before they enter the food supply, a need made more urgent by growing connections within the global food supply that enable foodborne disease to spread far and wide. Consumer groups have called for tighter regulation. The result is the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011. The biggest reform in U.S food law in more than 70 years, this legislation shifts the regulatory focus from responding to outbreaks of foodborne illness to preventing them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now has a mandate to require food-safety controls. Companies across the food-production and – distribution network must write outbreak-prevention plans, monitor the performance of their controls, and specify the corrective actions they will take when necessary.

Invisible Sentinel brings to this changing environment the innovation it demands: Veriflow® technology. This patented, DNA Signature Capturing Technology underlies our test kits to detect common foodborne pathogens: Campylobacter species, Listeria monocytogenes, Listeria species, Salmonella species, and Shiga Toxin-Producing Eschericia coli. Our test kits minimize sample preparation, speed time to results, and provide easy-to-interpret data.

Veriflow® technology – The Power of Molecular Diagnostics in the Palm of Your Hand®.

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