Molecular testing


Microbes could cause spoilage of food products leading to product recalls and economic losses. Also, food must be free of pathogenic microbes and complied with food regulations to ensure consumer safety. Our new molecular lab, DNA Microlab, is equipped with the latest technology to deliver fast and accurate results to cover your product’s needs. DNA Microlab provides molecular testing solutions for Quality Control, Contaminant Detection and Microbiological Surveillance of finished products, air and surfaces using microbial identification via DNA analysis, the most accurate and reliable method of identification today. 

We provide solutions for:

Microbial Identification

We provide you with the species name, information about ecology, taxonomy, growth conditions, possible pathogenicity and a brief description. Scientific guidance and solutions are being offered to further facilitate you in the investigation the microorganism’s source and proceed to root cause analysis of your microbiological problem.

Testing of Genetically Modified Organisms / GMO Testing

Qualitative and Quantitative methods assess the GMO status of your food, feed and agricultural product in standard and fast turn around times. Support the claim “GMO-free” on your product’s label by performing GMO testing.

Pathogen Detection

Worldwide pathogenic bacteria are of growing public health concern. We perform fast and accurate pathogen detection via Real Time PCR to ensure the product’s safety.

Authenticity

Groups of consumers are sensitive to specific food impurities for health and cultural reasons (Gluten free, Halal). Authenticity of the species origin in food and feed products is crucial for consumer safety. We provide suitable tests to monitor and verify the quality of these preparations by applying very sensitive molecular techniques to detect food adulteration. 


Our methodology

Microbial identification

The technique includes DNA isolation, a specific DNA fragment which contains information about the microorganism’s species (bacteria/yeast/fungi) is amplified via PCR, bases are tagged with a second PCR and consequently analyzed in a Genetic Analyzer. Finally, the sequence is compared with gene databases.

GMO testing

The technique includes DNA isolation and detection of specific genetic elements indicating genetic modification via Real Time PCR. If detected, a quantification analysis follows to quantify the extent of genetic modification. As a third step, if requested, the genetic modification could be identified.

Pathogen Detection

Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria and others after enrichment are detected  in 24h  via Real Time PCR.

Authenticity

Real Time PCR analysis for the sensitive detection of pork DNA (HALAL) and other animal species such as poultry in food products is conducted in routine.


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