Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FDA Wants Faster Salmonella Test

The AP reports that the FDA is frustrated that "conventional lab methods can now take as long as nine days to identify the most common of food bugs," and is looking for a more rapid test for salmonella. The recent outbreaks have shown that delays in identifying the source made "consumers nervous about eating everyday foods. Food producers lost millions in forgone sales and recalled products." As a result, "FDA officials are desperately seeking anything that would make their response more efficient."

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