The bottleneck for faster food safety testing in the lab is the sample preparation step known as enrichment. During enrichment, the food sample is mixed with bacterial nutrients and incubated for at least 22 hours to allow the amount of bacteria to increase to detectable levels. Rapid detection using molecular methods such as qPCR adds 1-2 hours of testing time, bringing the total time to results to 24 hours.
Faster results, no shortcuts. Pathotrak’s 5.5 hour solution replaces the traditional 22 hour enrichment and integrates into the detection system of your choice. Pathotrak’s Next Generation Enrichment meets and exceeds the pathogen sensitivity and exclusivity of traditional enrichment according to the requirements by FDA and USDA regulations.
Our Next Generation Enrichment consists of a short sample incubation followed by microbial separation and concentration. These steps are based on Pathotrak’s three patent-pending breakthroughs in microfiltration & elutriation, mechanical engineering, and chemistry & nano-filtration technology.