RCMS Research Chair in Meat Safety

Diagnostic Laboratory

Since 1999, the RCMS laboratory provides support for the need & specific requirements of the industry. The diagnostic laboratory has an accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD*).

Services :

You have a specific problem to solve; we can surely help you with…

* AAVLD accredited laboratory methods are denoted by *.

IN MICROBIOLOGY (STANDARDIZED METHODS)

  • Detection and enumeration of different microorganisms from food (food/feed), faecal matter, water and environmental samples
    For example: Salmonella*, Campylobacter, Clostridium, lactic bacteria, E. coli, enterococcus, Listeria, Yersinia, Staphylococcus…
  • Antibiograms
    • Discs or dilutions (MIC)
  • Antibiotic detection (animal feed, kidneys, eggs)

IN SEROLOGY :

  • Develop, validate and/or use of new diagnostic tools to detect contaminated animals or samples
  • ELISA Salmonella (IgG, IgM)*
  • ELISA Yersinia enterocolitica
  • Specific service (food-borne pathogens)
  • Titration of Salmonella specific antibodies in egg powder

IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY :

     

  • Salmonella detection by PCR
  • Molecular traceability (PFGE, MLST, HRM)
  • Characterization of complex ecosystems (PCR-SSCP, T-RFLP), metagomic interpretation (ion torrent Illumina)

IN CONTROLLED CONDITIONS

  • Several experimental infections models in pigs and poultry have been developed (Salmonella, S. suis, Campylobacter…)
  • Efficacy trials of control strategies of various pathogens level 2 animal facilities (probiotics, prebiotics, mash, organic acids, essential oils…)
  • Benefits: studies of several parameters with precision – REPA-pet store / simulation of ground conditions

A PERSONALIZED APPROACH: TAILORED AND SENSITIVE AND ADAPTED TO CUSTOMER`S NEEDS

  • Sampling plan development and application
  • Expert-service provide advice or solutions to specific industry requirements Ex: suspicion of Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter contamination / comparison of genetic profiles from various sources (PFGE)
  • Protocol optimization

Rate : upon submission
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9h00-16h30
Contact : Dr Ann Letellier, CRSV@umontreal.ca

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