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Test your melons! Lab M culture media efficiently detect listeria in food

With a total of 23 deaths and 116 cases of listeriosis now linked to contaminated cantaloupes, the United States continues to bear the burden of one of the most serious outbreaks experienced in more than a decade.

It remains clear therefore that testing  protocols for monitoring foodborne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes are as important as ever.

Culture media specialist Lab M provides a wide range of microbiological media that enable comprehensive and highly effective methods for the enrichment and isolation of Listeria species at all stages in food production. The company’s extensive portfolio enables laboratories to accommodate different testing protocols and purchase from a single supplier. Additionally, Lab M’s new website allows buyers to filter products by pathogen.

Compliant with the ISO 11290 standard for the detection and enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes, the range includes Fraser BrothPLUS (ISO) and Half Fraser BrothPLUS (ISO), which give improved results over traditional formulations. In addition, HarlequinTM Listeria Chromogenic Agar (ISO) uses a novel chromogen to distinguish L.monocytogenes from other Listeria species. Secondary isolation media are also available, including Listeria Isolation Medium Oxford (ISO) and Palcam Agar.

Article first published : 18/10/2011