Arkansas Company Develops New Test for Food-Borne Pathogens

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The source of some outbreaks of illness could be found much more quickly if an Arkansas company's new, fast method to test food for pathogens gains widespread use.  The process developed by Little Rock-based Litmus LLC can find out within 15 minutes if food contains contaminants such as E-coli and salmonella, which are the most common cause of food-borne illnesses.

The method, known as the RAPID-B test, provides results in about 15 minutes instead of the standard two or three days.  Litmus says it worked with the federal Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research at White Hall for two years to develop the test for growers, producers and processors.

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