Listeriosis in South Africa
In reaction to the Listeria outbreak in South Africa and the consequent processed food crisis, a rapid Listeria testing service has been introduced to assist affected parties in their decision-making process.
The service is offered by Pietermaritzburg based SciCorp Laboratories (Pty) Ltd with its focus on scientific and laboratory testing needs of agricultural and related food industries. The service is supported by a SciCorp preferred partnership agreement with Eurofins Dr Specht, an international life sciences company in collaboration with Eurofins GeneScan Technologies.
Dr. Tertia Erasmus of SciCorp said: “The Listeria testing service provides results within approximately 24 hours in case of negative results. This compares to about 96 hours for traditional testing.
“Listeria monocytogenes is the most important human pathogenic species of the genus Listeria, however, other Listeria species can also – albeit rarely – trigger diseases. Therefore both, the detection of Listeria spp. and the exclusion of L. monocytogenes is essential for the quality assurance of food,” Dr. Erasmus said.
SciCorp makes use of a Listeria Multiplex real-time PCR assay for parallel detection of both, L. spp. and L. monocytogenes, in one reaction. The test kit is certified by AOAC-Research Institute under the PTMSM Program (Cert. no. 061701) and certified NF Validation by AFNOR Certification (Cert. no. EGS 38/05-03/17).
For more information, please phone: 033 386 1560