Groups join together to tackle E. coli

Comments Off December 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm by Food in Canada magazine staff

Calgary, Alta. – Several groups have joined together to develop better tests to detect E. coli during food processing.

The groups involved are Alberta Innovates Bio solutions, Genome Alberta on behalf of Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Genome Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

A story on FoodQualityNews.com reports that the funding program will make more than $1 million available over 18 months for one or two projects to develop a genomic-based detection methodology that is rapid, sensitive, specific, affordable and field-deployable.

Current turn-around time for most testing methods is about 10 hours and is typically conducted in a laboratory.

New testing methods and technologies from the program will complement other national and international research initiatives and contribute to the development of national baselines, surveillance and monitoring of E. coli across the country, says the FoodQualityNews.com article.

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions will contribute $250,000, Genome Alberta on behalf of ALMA will contribute $500,000, and Genome Canada will contribute $250,000 with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The story also says the team of scientists may engage other scientists within academic institutions, provincial or federal research centres, private industry and non-profit research establishments.