Do you also test your products for micro-organisms such as pathogens? Then the procedures are probably known to you. With traditional methods it takes an average of 3-5 days before you can view the results. On the other hand, the real-time PCR method gives you insight into the results no less than 24 hours earlier. This is very important for the production of fresh products. Read below what this method entails and what the possibilities are for your company.
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. This method is unique because it works with the DNA of a specific micro-organism. Simply put, this method makes the DNA of a micro-organism stand out. This also makes studying that micro-organism a lot easier.
Our researchers use a “kit” to make the DNA stand out. In this kit they figuratively hang a ticket on the DNA. This ticket is called a “label”. Pairing is accomplished by raising and lowering the temperature. Now that a label is attached to it, we see whether or not DNA material can be found. Fortunately, this is not the case in +/- 90% of the cases. If we do find DNA material, we have to test whether it comes from living or dead organisms. But the most important thing is of course that we hope to find no DNA, so that you can continue with the production.
Would you like to have your products tested using the PCR method to get results as quickly as possible? Or would you like to know more about the PCR method? Contact us.
All microbiological analyzes must be performed in a reliable manner, as described by the NVWA in information sheet 85. This means that as a food company you must use accredited laboratories. Normec Foodlab is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The accreditation has been granted by the RvA (Council of Accreditation).
By bundling all expertise, Normec Foodcare helps with all kinds of issues and solutions in the field of process control, quality and food safety, laboratory research, taste tests, QA automation, flexible deployment of quality managers and inspectors, education and training, risk management and label control.
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