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Rapid Detection of Pathogens and Mold in Food and Environment by PCR


Society has become acutely aware that infection-causing pathogens can be found in food, drinking water and the surrounding environment. Properly testing for pathogens is a very effective approach for preventing these infections.

In spring and summer, E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum and Shigella are the common food borne bacterial pathogens. Helicobacter pylori and Enterovirus are often found in drinking water. Outdoor activities make children especially vulnerable to infections, so monitoring pathogens where they play is extremely helpful in protecting them. DNA based rapid PCR detection offers expedient and reliable tests for pathogens.

EMSL offers PCR testing with results as quickly as within the same day the samples are submitted. EMSLís rapid pathogen detection testing capabilities include: MRSA, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium, E Coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Clostridium botulinum, Helicobacter pylori, Chlamydophila psittaci, Cryptococcus neoformans, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Enterovirus.

In addition to pathogens, there may be mold in our homes which can cause health issues such as allergy or asthma. The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, ERMI is the most popular rapid PCR test, it was developed by EPA. Recent clinical studies by EPA and Dr. Carolyn Kercsmar at Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital showed ERMI is a very useful tool to reduce asthma because it identifies causative agents in the homes. Mold PCR has also been used to detect water damage in homes. EMSLís PCR water damage panels and ERMI tests have been used by many environmental consultants to help home owners and property management to correct mold problems and improve the living quality in homes.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical Inc., a laboratory with Ph.D laboratory director and multiple years experience in PCR analysis is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including AIHA IHLAP, AIHA EMLAP, AIHA ELLAP, A2LA, CDC Elite, CPSC(Consumer Product Safety Commission), CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Visit website for complete list.


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