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Food Safety

Rapid and Reliable Results

Make faster decisions to reduce your risk

According to World Health Organization estimates, contaminated food leads to two billion illnesses and 1.8 million deaths annually. To address this, food safety programs are being implemented by food and ingredient manufacturers. Additionally, stricter regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act have been introduced, putting more pressure and responsibility on these manufacturers when it comes to food borne pathogens.


Pall aims to provide an expanding portfolio of innovative solutions to simplify food producers’ microbiological controls. GeneDisc® solutions provide the food industry with real time monitoring of variety of foodborne pathogens by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).


The high sensitivity of the GeneDisc method enables a short enrichment time, as only a few bacteria are required to generate a result. Combined with simplified sample preparation protocols and a reduced run time, the GeneDisc solution is an extremely fast method for foodborne pathogen detection.


All GeneDisc applications use one step enrichment protocols and minimal sample preparation procedures, drastically reducing operator time per sample. Ready-to-use reagents also minimize hands-on time and reduce your logistic workflow. Decisions are also simplified by an automated data interpretation by the GeneDisc Cycler.


Pall currently offers the following GeneDisc solutions for pathogen testing:


STEC: Shiga Toxic Escherichia coli:  This GeneDisc system can detect not only E. coli, but it is even specific and sensitive enough to identify and detect only strains which are pathogenic. GeneDisc products offer various combinations of targets for the detection of pathogenic E. coli that answer user specific needs and follow the requirements of both USDA FSIS MLG5B and European CEN ISO TS 16136.


Pathogenic E. coli O157: All stx, eae and O157 assays are performed in a single action, with results available within as little as nine hours from sample to results.


Top 6 non-O157 STEC: This solution enables specific detection of the top six non-O157 serogroups (O26, O91, O103, O111, O121 and O145) as well as virulence genes (stx and eae). The GeneDisc PCR system covers the USDA FSIS and CEN EFSSA regulatory requirements respectively for the screening of Top 6 non O157 and Top 5 STEC in food.


Salmonella: Salmonella detection can be achieved in less than nine hours for raw beef meat and in eighteen hours for all foodstuffs.


Listeria: Pall has 3 plates to accommodate different options for Listeria testing:


  • A GeneDisc Plate for Listeria monocytogenes for rapid detection
  • A GeneDisc Plate 'Listeria DUO' for the simultaneous detection of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes
  • The GeneDisc Plate 'Listeria ID' for confirmation/identification of the six types of Listeria in less than 30 minutes: