Canadian Plastics

New film to come with food poison alert

Toxin Alert Inc., a biotechnology company based in Mississauga, Ont., has developed a method to alert consumers to the presence of four major causes of food poisoning--listeria, E. coli, salmonella an...

May 1, 2000   Canadian Plastics



Toxin Alert Inc., a biotechnology company based in Mississauga, Ont., has developed a method to alert consumers to the presence of four major causes of food poisoning–listeria, E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter. According to a report in the National Post, the detection system incorporates an antibody- based diagnostic test on the inside of typical PE food-storage film or bags. The antibodies react to the presence of bacteria triggering an alert symbol on the wrap.

More than a million food poisoning cases are reported in Canada annually. A spokesman for Toxin Alert says he expects the technology to be marketed through food processors and bag and film producers under their own trade names.

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