Hygiena announces Health Canada approval of rapid E. coli detection in raw meat products

Hygiena, a global leader in food safety solutions, is pleased to announce that its innovative method for detecting Escherichia coli O157:H7/NM in Raw Meat Products has received official approval for publication.

This method, referred to as the “BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for E. coli O157:H7 Exact”, has been granted a respected position in the Compendium of Analytical Methods, identified as MFLP-115.

Steven Nason, CEO of Hygiena, commented on this significant milestone: “This approval by the Microbiological Methods Committee (MMC) is not just a testament to our method’s outstanding performance but also underscores the vital role our products play in safeguarding public health in Canada. We’re proud to contribute to the high standards of food safety and quality, reinforcing our commitment to the wellbeing of Canadian consumers.”

Country Sales and Operations Manager at Hygiena Kathy Wilson added: “We are thrilled to introduce this game-changing advancement to the food safety industry. With the approval of our Real Time E. coli Exact assay, the BAX® System continues to revolutionize pathogen testing, offering unparalleled speed, accuracy, and efficiency.”

The BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay represents a major leap in food safety technology, offering quick and precise detection of the pathogen E. coli O157:H7/NM in a variety of raw meat products. Its inclusion in the Compendium signifies its sensitivity and specificity, with the fastest turn-around-time solidifying its status as an essential tool for food safety professionals globally.

The Compendium of Analytical Methods, which will soon feature this method in both of Canada’s official languages, is a critical resource for stakeholders in the food industry. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining high standards of food safety and quality. The upcoming availability of Hygiena’s method in the Compendium’s online index will provide access to an official copy of the method.

Hygiena, develops, produces and providse best-in-class One Health DiagnosticsTM solutions from farm to fork to global customer bases. As one of the few organizations in the world to uniquely focus on food safety throughout the value chain, the company maintains the belief that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals in our shared environment.

 With a sizeable global presence, Hygiena is headquartered in Camarillo, California with numerous offices and customer application centers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The company also partners with over 180 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide.