Hygiena launches selective Listeria and Salmonella media


Actero Elite Enrichment Media for BAX Systems reduces sample handling, improves throughput and time to results

Hygiena, specialising in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, has begun selling Actero Elite Enrichment Media validated for use with the BAX System real-time PCR assays for Listeria and Salmonella.

The two Actero Elite Enrichment Media formulations, produced by FoodChek Systems, enable reduced sample handling, reduced enrichment media volumes and faster result times.

“We are delighted to be able to provide Actero Elite Enrichment Media to our BAX System customers, which enables them to improve their ability to detect pathogens in food or environmental samples,” said Shannon Bullard, global product manager at Hygiena.

“This partnership provides customers with industry leading technology providing accurate and efficient pathogen detection that is easy to use resulting in faster product release.”

William Hogan, FoodChek president and CEO, said: “We are very pleased with the opportunity of working with Hygiena and its outstanding food safety testing expertise. Hygiene’s competencies, reputation of food safety excellence and global reach make them an ideal partner for FoodChek in bringing our Actero Elite Enrichment Media to the food safety testing market.”

The Actero Elite Enrichment Media is formulated to suppress the growth of non-target organisms while promoting the growth of target organisms. Together, Actero Elite Enrichment Media and the BAX System can provide environmental detection results in 22 hours for Listeria and 16 hours for Salmonella. The products are available in powder and liquid MediaBox formats.

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Hygiena’s BAX System PCR Assays have been certified as a Performance Tested Method by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) and are also approved by Health Canada, the country’s national health agency, for use in food and environmental surface samples.