Hygiena BAX System Rapid Pathogen PCR Testing
Hygiena’s BAX System uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect unwanted bacteria in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples. It is used by food companies, service labs and government regulators.
The automated, user-friendly system is easy to operate, utilising real-time or traditional PCR assays, tableted reagents and optimised media to minimise hands-on time and free technicians for other tasks. The company claims the system is the leading PCR instrument in ISO-17025 labs worldwide.
While other methods rely on physical or biochemical properties of their targets, PCR amplifies and detects a target organism’s DNA. A target’s DNA is highly stable and unaffected by environmental stresses that can affect other detection methods. During PCR, carefully designed primers target specific genetic sequences possessed only by target organisms, eliminating expensive false-positive results. The system combines this technology with simple methods to provide clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ results and easy-to-read amplification profiles, with no need for subjective or expert interpretation.
Features of the system include: next day result for all pathogens and high capacity load, up to 96 samples per batch; clear and reproducible results, independent of operator technique and approved workflows by AOAC, AFNOR, DAF; automated cycling, detection and analysis without the need for expert skills; simplified sample prep with only three pipette steps required; pre-packaged PCR reagent tablets provide consistency, stability and long shelf life; flexilibity with wide range of assays: Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157:H7, STEC, Cronobacter, Campylobacter, Vibrio. The company’s LIMS compatible system allows for easy storage, retrieval and printing; and assistance to answer questions and keep users’ operation running smoothly.
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