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EMLab P&K Provides Salmonella Testing In Light of Recent HVP Scare


EMLab P&K offers Salmonella testing through real-time PCR in response to the recent FDA recall. The FDA has ordered recalls of several food products containing the flavoring hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The popular flavor enhancer HVP is added to a wide range of processed foods such as creamy dressings, sauces, soups, snacks, stuffing, gravies and prepared or pre-packaged meals.

The Salmonella contamination was detected several weeks ago in HVP produced by a Nevada company and made known to the FDA. Since then, the FDA has confirmed the Salmonella contamination and has recalled all HVP produced by the facility since September 17, 2009. FDA associate commissioner for food protection, Jeff Farrar said at a press conference, “We don’t know precisely how large this recall will get, but we expect this to get larger over the next several days to several weeks.”

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Salmonella poisoning can have serious and even fatal effects on those with a low immune system, such as children and the elderly. According to recent reports, Salmonella found in the HVP produced by the company in question can be responsible for contaminating thousands of processed food products that are distributed across the country.

“EMLab P&K has been at the forefront in serving clients by providing PCR testing to assist in their investigations. Our real-time PCR tests help our clients with time-sensitive projects,” said Belinda Vega, EMLab P&K’s President.

By using emerging PCR testing techniques, EMLab P&K can perform rapid analysis of Salmonella and other dangerous pathogens. Real-time PCR testing is extremely sensitive and specific and can accurately detect pathogens with fast turnaround times. Samples submitted for analysis are processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory utilizing automated high throughput testing equipment.

About EMLab P&K
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company, is one of the leading commercial indoor air quality laboratories in North America, specializing in the analysis of air and surface samples for mold, bacteria, USP 797 and allergens. EMLab P&K also provides asbestos analysis, PCR testing, materials testing and radon analysis. EMLab P&K has over 60 service and drop-off locations nationwide and has received accreditations from AIHA, NVLAP, and CA-ELAP. For more information, visit the official website at or call (866) 888-6653.


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