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To develop rapid specific methods to detect pathogens in milk and dairy products - DS1001

To develop a rapid and bacteriophage (phage) mediated bioluminescence technique for the detection of pathogenic bacteria in milk and milk products. If pathogenic bacteria are present in commercially prepared products they are likely to occur in very low numbers. It is only after the products leave the cool chain, when temperature controls can no longer be guaranteed, that multiplication of the inoculum to dangerous levels may take place. Work is currently being done elsewhere on the development of in-line sensors, also using bioluminescence technology, which are non specific and designed to detect large numbers of bacteria. The research work proposed here is designed to rapidly detect low numbers of specific bacteria.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1994

Cost: £440,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Fields of Study