DuPontDD recently announced that it has received approval from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) for its latest BAX System X5 PCR Assay for the detection of Genus Listeria. The approval further recognizes the assay as a reliable method for detecting Listeria species in frankfurters, smoked salmon, spinach and cheese, and from environmental surfaces.
Listeria is the name of a bacterium that can be present in raw milk and live in stuff such as smoked seafood, dairy products and processed meats. It can cause severe illness, including food poisoning, along with several other symptoms. This makes its testing critical for the food industry. Hence an accurate, reliable and flexible detection method is necessary for the industry to eradicate pathogens that could cause serious health issues.
The DuPont BAX System X5, which was introduced in the industry by the company in Jul 2015, provides automated PCR-based DNA amplification and automatic pathogen detection for up to 32 samples at a time. This system is similar to the BAX System method in terms of ease of usage, accuracy and speed, but in a smaller lightweight build to offer more flexibility in testing. Moreover, the BAX System X5 PCR Assay was earlier authenticated by AOAC-RI for detecting Salmonella and L. monocytogenes in food and environmental samples.
Sales from DuPont's Nutrition and Health segment dropped 4% to $807 million in fourth-quarter 2015, reported last month. Operating earnings rose 8% to $85 million as gains from productivity and cost-reduction actions and higher volumes more than offset currency impact.
Shares of the company rose 1.6% to close at $59.08 on Feb 9.
DuPont currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).