Neogen develops superior chromogenic media for Salmonella

January 18, 2017

Press Release
CONTACT: Joanne McPeake, Neogen Europe Ltd., +44 (0) 1292 525 600

AYR, Scotland, 18 January, 2017 — Neogen’s Lab M has developed a unique chromogenic media that offers a superior ability to simultaneously detect numerous strains of Salmonella of concern to the food and animal feed industries, while inhibiting or minimizing other organisms.

This new Chromogenic Agar for Salmonella Esterase (CASE) uses a proprietary dual chromogenic system to differentiate between Salmonella and non-target organisms that grow on the agar. The new media, available in pre-poured plate or dehydrated culture media (DCM), is suitable for use within the ISO 6579 protocol — the international standard for testing food and animal feed for Salmonella species.

“Currently available Salmonella chromogenic media typically produce pink purple colonies that are sometimes hard to distinguish — whilst this new agar gives turquoise-blue and black colonies that are very easy to identify particularly with low C8-esterase activity Salmonella strains,” said Steve Chambers, Neogen’s European sales and marketing director. “CASE media also is able to detect specific Salmonella serovars that are often missed by existing media, including non motile and weaker strains such as S. Dublin, reducing the risk of reading false negative results. The media was developed at Neogen’s Lab M facilities specifically for food and animal feed manufacturers, as well as poultry and pork producers and processors.”

CASE detects a wide range of Salmonella species and has been shown to produce enhanced specificity in the detection of important Salmonella serotypes, including S. Gallinarum, S. Pullorum and S. Dublin. S. Gallinarum causes mortality of up to 100% in poultry of any age; S. Pullorum also causes high mortality, but in young birds; S. Dublin causes a 50% mortality rate in cattle, and is of particular importance as it can potentially spread to humans. Additionally the formulation of CASE means growth from background flora is significantly reduced and closely related Enterobacteriaceae, such as Citrobacter and Enterobacter, are clearly defined. This makes difficult matrices easier to read and can significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary confirmations required which can be costly and time-consuming.

Neogen can supply the CASE media fully ready to use as part of Lab M’s Pinnacle™ pre-poured media range, which includes all necessary supplements with no need to weigh, cool or autoclave media. Alternatively, the CASE media is available pre-supplemented in DCM format as part of Lab M’s Harlequin™ chromogenic media range.

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care and disinfectants.