CANADA – Spectacular Labs Inc., a pioneer in next-generation foodborne pathogen testing, has collaborated with the Centre for Meat Innovation & Technology (CMIT) to advance food safety protocols in the meat and poultry industry.

This partnership aims to improve testing methods and reduce the risks of foodborne illnesses.

Under the early access agreement, meat and poultry producers across Canada will utilize the Spectacular OneTouch platform to validate assay performance and streamline workflows in meat and poultry applications.

Designed for rapid, on-site testing, the OneTouch platform aims to prevent potential outbreaks, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and shorten production timelines.

CMIT was established by Meat and Poultry Ontario to facilitate collaboration among processors, promote the adoption of new technologies, and enhance skill development within the industry.

The company will implement the Spectacular OneTouch platform in the University of Guelph’s federally licensed processing facility. This deployment will enable meat processors to accelerate turnaround times, achieve third-party certification of analysis, and reduce testing costs.

“CMIT is dedicated to advancing the world’s leading meat processing technologies and offering them to our network of meat producers across Canada. Spectacular’s OneTouch platform has the potential to transform traditional food safety testing through the ability to detect harmful pathogens in their own facilities — faster and more easily than ever before,” Luis Garcia, Director of CMIT, emphasized the transformative potential of the OneTouch platform.

Founded by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, Spectacular Labs seeks to reduce inefficiencies in food safety testing and modernize current workflows.

The OneTouch benchtop platform, which requires only one minute of operator hands-on time, fully automates the pathogen testing process from enrichment to reporting.

A growing number of early-access collaborators are currently using the platform to detect pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, Escherichia coli, and Campylobacter.

“This early access collaboration with CMIT underscores our ongoing commitment to improving the accuracy, speed, and affordability of foodborne pathogen detection. CMIT is a renowned entity that stands at the forefront of meat processing innovation and product quality,” Arthur Montazeri, Ph.D., Founder and President of Spectacular Labs, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration.

“We look forward to working with the team to showcase the full utility of our innovative platform that empowers food producers to deliver high-quality meat to consumers as quickly as possible.”

Looking ahead, Spectacular Labs and CMIT plan to expand their partnership to further enhance pathogen testing technologies and food safety protocols. This initiative aims to minimize waste, secure supply chains, fortify traceability, and reduce food costs for consumers.

This collaboration aligns with the recent advancements by companies like Neogen Corporation, which has also been active in the food safety sector.

Neogen recently secured a contract with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for its Molecular Detection System. It has also introduced new pathogen testing assays and expanded its product offerings globally​.

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