Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, announced that the company has been awarded a contract for iQ-Check real-time PCR pathogen detection test kits and the iQ-Check Prep Automation System from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).

The contract includes real-time PCR-based tests for pathogens that include Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) that may be found in raw meat and poultry, ready to eat meat and poultry, processed egg products, and other food products and environmental samples. Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check real-time PCR test kits were selected based on their proven real-time PCR technology that uses highly specific patented DNA probes to detect pathogenic bacteria in a sample. USDA FSIS will also incorporate Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep automation system for high throughput sample processing and elevated traceability.

“We are pleased to partner with the USDA to help protect the food supply,” said Annette Tumolo, Bio-Rad President, Life Science Group. “This is an exciting development for Bio-Rad, reflecting our strong performance in the area of rapid food pathogen testing solutions.”

The iQ-Check kits for pathogen detection are routinely used in food safety programs worldwide, and are recognized by several renowned international validation organizations. For more information on Bio-Rad’s complete range of iQ-Check real-time PCR test kits, please visit www.bio-rad.com/iqcheck

iQ-Check and Bio-Rad are trademarks of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. in certain jurisdictions.