ISI Food Protection has implemented a new qPCR method for the qualitative detection of botulinum type A, B, E and F neurotoxin-producing Clostridia (Clostridium botulinum, C. baratii and C. butyricum) using real-time PCR instruments.
This method has been accredited by DANAK. This means that we have two accredited methods for the detection of Clostridium botulinum:
- Foodproof® Clostridium botulinum Detection LyoKit produced by Biotecon Diagnostic
- SureFast® Clostridium botulinum Screening PLUS produced by CONGEN
Clostridium botulinum is an anaerobic, endospore-forming, Gram-positive bacterium, which can cause botulism. Botulinum toxins are the most potent bacterial toxins known and may occur in inadequately preserved foods, such as canned or cured meat. Children are especially vulnerable and can become seriously ill after consuming food contaminated with spores, such as honey or milk powder.
The Foodproof Clostridium botulinum Detection LyoKit detects all human-relevant toxin genes – types A, B, E and F – in a single multiplex real-time PCR reaction.