An Ontario company is developing food borne illness detection technology that could help reduce produce recalls.
Precision Biomonitoring, an Ontario based DNA field detection company, has received a grant from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) through Innovative Solutions Canada to develop quick and mobile testing of food borne pathogenic bacteria.
The grant will be used to develop Project BISTRO, a rapid point-of-need testing solution, and aims to detect harmful pathogenic bacteria, including listeria and salmonella in leafy greens produce.
The rapid testing device could impact Canada’s grocery industry by having quicker and more frequent testing and is portable and low cost.
"As food borne illnesses rise, it will be important that Canada is equipped with the innovative tools and resources that will enable bacteria detection before products reach stores and consumers," says Dr. Mario Thomas, CEO, Precision Biomonitoring. "We are looking forward to being able to potentially improve food borne illness detection that will ensure the health and safety of Canadians."
Between 2010 and 2019, the CFIA documented 16 recalls of romaine lettuce in Canada.