With virus testing, it must be considered that there are no safe limits: a few viral particles may be sufficient to cause human outbreaks.
Foodstuffs and food surfaces are highly complex matrices. Mérieux NutriSciences offers virus extraction techniques optimized according to the properties of the matrix. We integrate a full spectrum of services specifically related to virus detection, ranging from routine surveillance to training food handlers to meet hygiene requirements.
For years, difficulties in propagating viruses in cell cultures greatly hindered their detection in food. Advanced molecular approaches have considerably improved detection, with Real Time (RT) – PCR becoming a standard method worldwide.
Mérieux NutriSciences offers fast and reliable testing for Norovirus GI / GII and Hepatitis A testing in the following matrices: