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Collaboration Creates Cost Effective Tests

by 5m Editor
24 January 2008, at 1:05pm

TEXAS, US - A meat processing company and a technology company have teamed up to create a new range of tests aimed at faster, cost-effective animal health and food safety. Luminex Corporation and Tyson Foods, Inc. announced their collaboration today.

Tyson is the world's leading producer and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, while Luminex is the worldwide leader in multiplex solutions. Company officials believe their processes and technologies could benefit the food safety and animal health industries both domestically and internationally.


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"This collaboration represents a big step forward for our labs and lines up with our focus on continuous improvement of our ISO Quality System."
Dr. Neal Apple, vice president of the Tyson Food Safety and Laboratory Services Network for Tyson.

"Luminex is pleased to partner with Tyson to develop novel tests that we believe will allow the food industry to screen for pathogens and other microbes more efficiently and accurately," said Patrick J. Balthrop, president and chief executive officer of Luminex. "Our xMAP(R) Technology, which enables multiple tests to be run simultaneously on one sample, has great application in the food safety and animal health arena as it provides a significant level of data quickly and efficiently."

"We're anxious to explore ways to adapt Luminex technology to our business," said Dr. Neal Apple, vice president of the Tyson Food Safety and Laboratory Services Network for Tyson. "We believe it will give us the flexibility to gather more testing data faster and develop and validate rapid testing options not currently available commercially. We see a tremendous benefit to our customers, company and the food industry by applying this next generation technology to positively impact the effectiveness of our routine laboratory testing. This collaboration represents a big step forward for our labs and lines up with our focus on continuous improvement of our ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Quality System."

Tyson and Luminex's first collaboration is the development of an avian flock health monitoring panel. Future research and development projects slated are focused on food safety and quality tests, and additional animal health diagnostic panels leveraging the flexibility and multi-analyte technology capabilities of xMAP technology and current and future Luminex instrument platforms.

5m Editor