Laboratory Procedure MFLP-95
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The method is applicable to the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from foods (such as apple cider, raw beef, and vegetables), and environmental swabs to determine compliance with Sections 4 and 7 of the Food and Drugs Act.
The method has been shown to produce satisfactory results with artificially contaminated foods and naturally contaminated raw ground beef in AOAC studies (8.1) including apple cider, lettuce rinse, raw beef cubes, raw ground beef, and environmental swabs . This method can be used successfully for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 in other foods and samples.
Following selective enrichment in either modified trypticase soy broth with novobiocin or modified EC broth with novobiocin, a portion of the sample enrichment is placed into the sample port of the Reveal Device initiating flow. The Reveal Device contains antibodies with high specificity to E. coli O157:H7 antigens. These antibodies are bound to colloidal gold and, separately, to a solid support matrix. Any E. coli O157:H7 antigen present will bind to the gold conjugated antibodies forming an antigen - antibody - chromogen complex. This complex flows across a lateral flow membrane and is subsequently bound by antibody immobilized on the membrane. This causes the gold conjugate to precipitate, forming a visible line and indicating a positive reaction. Proper test completion and flow is indicated by a control line which forms further up in the test window and verifies a valid test run. Absence of a control line invalidates the test. Record results at 15 minutes incubation time.
See Appendix A of Volume 3, items 1,2,3,4.
See Appendix B of Volume 3.
1) Reveal Device (Neogen Corporation, phone: 1-800-234-5333, Fax: (517) 372-0108.
2) Modified trypticase soy broth with novobiocin (base is commercially available; Acumedia, Baltimore, MD)
3) Modified E. coli broth with novobiocin (base is commercially available; Acumedia, Baltimore, MD)
4) Biosynth BCM O157:H7+ chromogenic agar (Biosynth, Naperville, IL)
5) Hemorrhagic coli agar
6) MacConkey sorbitol agar (Acumedia, Baltimore, MD)