Sunday, July 13, 2014

Micro Imaging Technology Adds Salmonella Choleraesuis to Its Catalog of Identifiers

Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. announced that its MIT 1000 System can now identify Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis. S. Choleraesuis is a non-typhoid strain that is a serious cause of foodborne infection. It also shows a higher predilection for causing bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) in humans by entering blood vessels through the stomach wall.

"This is significant step forward for MIT 1000 technology," said Dr. David Haavig, Micro Imaging Technology's Chief Scientist. "The completion of this Identifier demonstrates the sensitivity of this non-biological bacterial identification technology. This new Identifier gives our MIT 1000 the ability to identify a serotype of the species Salmonella enterica. A serotype is a distinct variation within a species that has cell surface antigens that differ from other serotypes of the same species; that is a very small difference. Our other Identifiers give the MIT 1000 the ability to identify Listeria genus and Staphylococcus genus where each genus consists of multiple species, some of which can be pathogenic."

Identifiers give the MIT 1000 System the ability to identify bacteria. All Identifiers, including this new S. Choleraesuis Identifier as well as all future Identifiers, use the same simple chemical-free, very low-cost, one-minute sample preparation procedure and two-minute average hands-off test with no modification or addition to the MIT 1000 System.

The S. Choleraesuis Identifier is available now and will soon undergo AOAC Certification. The MIT 1000 is a rapid, bacterial cell-based detection and identification system that can identify pathogenic bacteria, now including Salmonella Choleraesuis, in three minutes (average). At a cost of $4.00 per test, the MIT 1000 is less than half the industries average cost of a pathogen test.

Meanwhile, MIT is working on a series of Salmonella Identifiers including the common food pathogens S. Heidelberg, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium.


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