Whether you’re a Quality Assurance Analyst, Lab Technician, Purchasing Manager or related industry professional, your goals are to adhere to the highest standards and implement best practices. With a variety of pathogen detection systems available on the market, start with the following five criteria when deciding which is tailored to your specific needs:
Doctor Ruby Lee, MSc, PhD, CQA, CHA and Senior Food Safety Specialist at NSF-GFTC, has suggested that these five criteria should be considered when deciding what pathogen detection system meets your needs.
False negative and false positive rates should be minimal. Always check Health Canada Guidelines in order to ensure that your pathogen detection system’s rates meet or exceed these guidelines.
The difference between minutes, hours and days to receive results affects how rapidly you decide to hold or release a product that is being tested or even how fast a recall can be announced to the public.
3. Ease of Use
- Degree of automation
- Number of medium preparations or hands-on transfers
- Difference in protocols between tests. Similar protocols allow for easier training.
4. Economic Viability
- Affordable initial hardware investment
- Low consumables and maintenance costs
- Hours of personnel training
5. Regulatory Approvals
Be sure the methods used in your laboratory have obtained regulatory approvals in the country of origin. If you are exporting, look for systems approved in the country of destination.
Considering the above 5 criteria when choosing the right pathogen detection system for you can help foster confidence and peace of mind
Focusing on the features of a pathogen detection system that ensures accuracy, speed, regulatory approval, ease of use and affordability will result in assurance of safe and quality food that leads to peace of mind for you, your customers and the public.
Interested in learning more about pathogen detection systems?
Dr. Ruby Lee shares her in-depth analysis in ‘Choosing the Right Pathogen Detection System for You’ in this article.
Want to receive information about a free trial of the 3M™ Molecular Detection System for Pathogen testing? Fill out the form below.
Return to 3M.ca/FoodSafety
About the Author
[enBio=Across the globe, 3M helps companies and individuals succeed every day. All while contributing to true global sustainable development through environmental protection, corporate and social responsibility and economic progress. We are applying our science to make a real impact in every person's life around the world.],[enJob=Science. Applied to Life.],[frBio=Chaque jour, 3M aide les entreprises et les gens à réussir. Tout cela en contribuant au développement durable réel par le biais de la protection de l'environnement, la responsabilité sociale en entreprise et le progrès économique. Nous appliquons notre science afin de faire une différence réel dans la vie de chaque personne dans le monde.],[frJob=]Follow on Twitter More From 3M Canada