USANeogen Corporation has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) has designated the Neogen Molecular Detection System (MDS) as its primary method for detecting Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in meat, poultry, and egg products.

For over five years, the USDA-FSIS has utilized Neogen’s MDS for testing Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

The new contract expands the scope to include Listeria spp. and the recently developed Neogen Molecular Detection Assay 2, which targets Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. This expansion underscores the system’s versatility and reliability in pathogen detection.

John Adent, Neogen’s president and CEO, emphasized the system’s widespread acceptance and efficiency.

“Food producers and contract labs around the world have long trusted the Neogen Molecular Detection System as a fast, accurate, reliable, and easy-to-use method for pathogen detection,” said Adent.

He also highlighted the company’s dedication to advancing global food security through innovative solutions.

Advanced technology for food safety

Neogen’s MDS leverages loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP) technology, a method that simplifies and accelerates the detection process for foodborne pathogens.

This technology enables simultaneous, pathogen-specific assays, allowing users in the meat, poultry, and broader food and beverage industries to conduct up to 96 different tests concurrently.

These tests cover a diverse range of organisms across various food and environmental samples.

The next-generation Neogen Molecular Detection Assays have consistently received validation from leading scientific validation organizations worldwide, including AOAC International, AFNOR, and MicroVal.

These validations confirm the assays’ reliability and effectiveness across a variety of sample types, reinforcing their role in maintaining high standards of food safety.

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