The best way to prevent a batch of E. coli-tainted spinach from causing an outbreak—a dangerously rising trend—is to test it at every point in the system, from the farm's water supply to the field to the grocery store. The problem is, today's reliable tests move too slowly for the fast-moving food-supply chain; testers must mail a sample to technicians, who take up to 72 hours to process it.
The Thermos-size MicroMagic device lets inspectors check for E. coli on-site and at every stage of food production and preparation and it produces results in 45 minutes to 10 hours. B2P says it will launch additional tests next year for listeria, salmonella and other bacteria.
$4,000/tester, $25/test unit; B2P