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Qualitative rapid testing for E.coli O157: H7 using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine is now available in the Philippines.

 

The latest service is part of the continuous expansion of SGS Philippines’ food testing capabilities to achieve faster, precise and reliable results. Accurate results can now be expected within four to five working days.

 

WHY TEST FOR E.COLI O157?

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 600 million people suffer from such illness each year.

In the Philippines alone, over 32,000 cases of food and waterborne disease have been recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) as of September this year. 

One major culprit for food poisoning is a common type of bacteria called Escherichia coli, or simply known as E.coli.

Usually found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms, most E.coli are harmless, and are actually a vital part of our intestinal tract.

However, certain types of this bacteria, specifically E.coli O157:H7, can cause serious health problems such as abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and even kidney failure.

One known food poisoning caused by E.coli O157:H7 is the hamburger disease. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the term was popularized in 1993 during a large multistate outbreak in the United States from one batch of fast food hamburgers that infected over 600 people including four young children that died.

The deadly bacteria may be transmitted to humans through contaminated food such as raw or undercooked meat, unpasteurized dairy products and spoiled vegetables.

   

OTHER WAYS TO CONTROL E.COLI O157 CONTAMINATION

Observing good slaughtering and manufacturing practices may lessen the risk of bacterial contamination.

Also, let our SAFE points guide you on how you can properly prepare, serve and store your food at home.
 

We, at SGS, can help you ensure that whatever food product you consume is safe and of good quality, from farm to fork.

 

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