Real-time qPCR Provides Rapid and Reliable Food Safety Testing
For quick, accurate, and sensitive detection of pathogens, the most advanced assays rely on molecular methods such as real-time qPCR. When a single mutation can spell disaster, these assays can discriminate the most subtle difference in genetic sequence. In the food safety industry, modern laboratories are opting for real-time qPCR-based (qPCR) tests over antibody testing because qPCR tests are faster and sensitive to smaller concentrations of pathogen.
Real-time qPCR has overcome many obstacles that previously hindered its adoption in food safety laboratories. A combination of technology such as “fast” real-time PCR and automated sample prep dramatically reduces pathogen detection time, sample contamination, and user error. The conversion of existing tests, and the development of real-time PCR assays for new pathogen targets can better prevent contaminated food from reaching consumers.