LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2017 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has developed an innovative test that detects Listeria in environmental samples in under 60 minutes — without the need to enrich samples.
Neogen’s new Listeria Right Now™ test system can detect all species of Listeria, including the pathogenic L. monocytogenes, in under 60 minutes through their ribosomal RNA (rRNA). The system’s effectiveness has been validated by NSF International to detect low levels of Listeria in environmental samples with greater sensitivity and speed than any other method available. The test is also under review for AOAC Performance Tested certification to further validate its accuracy.
“The advanced technology in Listeria Right Now truly changes everything about testing the environment for Listeria. Contamination of Listeria in the environment can now be determined, and cleaned as necessary, before food production begins and the quality and safety of a food product is compromised,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s vice president of Food Safety. “The new test system enables food safety professionals to very quickly implement corrective actions, which could include improving sanitation efforts or processes. Using Listeria Right Now also means that companies no longer have to grow potentially dangerous cultures in their facilities during the testing process, nor store test cultures for potential follow-up testing.”