On the trail of pathogenic microorganisms

Simon Bourguet
Simon Bourguet

Pathogenic microorganisms such as Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter or certain strains of E. coli can pose a serious problem in food production. In the case of positive findings, entire batches often have to be destroyed, which can be costly for the production companies. In addition, there is always the risk of causing an outbreak with many cases of illness when contaminated food is placed on the market.

If products and environmental samples in a plant repeatedly test positive for these microorganisms, this may indicate the presence of a so-called house germ that has taken up residence in production.

These household germs may have already adapted to the conditions in production by developing resistance to the cleaning agents and disinfectants used.

Do you repeatedly have positive results for a potentially dangerous microorganism and may already have the canton chemist breathing down your neck? This is where we can help!

Using genome sequencing, we decode the entire genetic information of your microorganism, which allows us to directly compare the different isolates. Therewith we can investigate whether it is a house germ and to which subgroup the germ belongs.

In addition, we can examine the genome for potentially dangerous genes such as resistance or virulence factors. This allows you to assess the actual riskiness posed by the germ and to adjust the selection of disinfectants and cleaning agents accordingly.

Contact us, we will be happy to advise you!

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