Affordable Pathogen ELISA Kit Launched

An indigenously manufactured food and waterborne pathogen ELISA Kit, which will help determine what causes food poisoning and common foodborne infections, and waterborne infections, was launched here on Thursday. It will detect five pathogens Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria, Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Prepared by the National Institute of Nutrition, the technology has been transferred to BioServe Biotechnologies, which is experienced in dealing with molecular reagents. This easy, user friendly and rapid ELISA Kit system will be useful not only for maintaining the food safety standards but also to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, which reports on food poisoning outbreaks and to diagnostic laboratories in government as well as private sector. To be available in the market within the next 69 months, the kit will bring down the cost to less than 30 per cent as compared to the imported systems being used now.

In India, it is very difficult to estimate the extent of the problem of foodborne diseases and only the information on food poisoning outbreaks is available. However, studies show that about 13 per cent of deaths among children are due to diarrhoea, which is caused essentially by consumption of contaminated food and water.

Another ELISA Kit launched Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also launched the indigenous ELISA kit, which will be used to measure serum ferritin in blood or iron content, the deficiency of which leads to anaemia.