FDA Seeks Quicker Salmonella Tests

March 10, 2009

Here’s some quality science writing about the FDA’s efforts to develop a faster way to test foods for salmonella. Turns out the main thing slowing down inspectors today is that they’re stuck having to culture their bacteria samples, and must therefore wait days for the bacteria to replicate in enough quantity to be identified.

So, basically, inspectors are stuck using technology that’s a century old, and are thereby giving foodborne bacteria outbreaks a running head start. Link.

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