by Alona Volinsky
Bacteria contamination is one of the biggest issues in the food industry. According to The US National Library of Medicine, in the United States alone about 48 million people get sick from contaminated food each year. The common method of testing food and beverages for harmful bacteria with the use of petri plates is cumbersome and can take up to several days, which increases the chances of infected products making their way onto the market.
An Israeli company named TA Count claims to be able to reduce this waiting time from days to a mere five minutes. Based on a discovery by microbiologist Dr. Vladimir Glukhman, TA Count has found a way to determine in a matter of minutes whether or not a particular microorganism is present.
“This is the same principle as the pregnancy test,” CEO Isak Duenyas told NoCamels. “The process of identifying all the bacteria present takes a little more time, but within five minutes we can give the important answer – ‘can this be consumed or not?’”
We are greatful to NoCamels for permission to use this part Alona Volinsky’s article. The full article can be found at NoCamels, which is based at the new media hub of the Interdisciplinary Center’s Asper Institute in Herzylia, Israel.
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