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:

  • Drinking water
  • Food Contact Surfaces

The initial contact of the virus with the food may occur at any time during food production (e.g. before harvesting, during processing, at the time of preparation). Having mechanisms in place to rapidly address the probability and possible consequences should be a priority. It is far better to focus on preventive measures to avoid viral contamination rather than trying to remove/inactivate viruses from food

August 1st, 2019
Company News , Local News
As part of our continued commitment to enhance our property and service, we will be undergoing renovations of our Perth laboratory during the month of August and will be scheduled for completion a...
July 11th, 2019
Acquisitions , Company News , Market News
We have recently acquired the Italian company EcamRicert and expanded our capabilities in environmental analyses and nanotechnologies.