new kit & # 39; rapid test developed by researchers at Western University in & # 39; London, Ont. could detect E. coli in many Romaż felt before shipments hit the grocery shelves.
The kit developed by Western detects protein unique to bacteria E. coli 0157 and you & # 39; & # 39 shows results in, less than 24 hours. That's the same bacteria strain causing the current outbreak in the United States and Canada.
The current test depends on cultures taken from possibly contaminated samples sent for testing, the results up to two weeks to return.
Until then, the food & # 39; often transported in the market.
"Faster and cheaper"
"Our goal is that testing takes much as & # 39; be close to the source", said Dr. Michael Rieder, a professor at Western Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and a scientist at the Research Institute Robart.
"This technology is not only faster, but less expensive, easy to use, and you & # 39; both take place at the plant & # 39; processing."
The Western Universe kit approved by Health Canada and is now transmitted to the food processing plants in North America & # 39; America.
"We look at this specific biomarker because it is unique to this pathogenic bacteria. The presence of the bacteria itself is not bad, but we should be able to identify specific bacteria that cause people to get sick", said Rieder.
"The goal is safer food chain for everyone to be able to & # 39; to ensure public safety."
Most of the work to develop the kit was funded by & # 39; grant from Mitac, non-profit federal agency & # 39; profit to encourage academic and industrial collaboration.
The Western researchers worked with & # 39; biomedical company based in & # 39; Toronto and entrepreneurs & # 39; London Combes Craig and Michael Brock to develop the kit.