Micro Imaging Technology adds Salmonella Choleraesuis to its Catalog of Identifiers
San Clemente, CA. July 9, 2014....Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. (OTCQB: MMTC) announced that its MIT 1000 System can now identify Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis. S. Choleraesuis is a non-typhoid strain that is a serious cause of foodborne infection. It also shows a higher predilection for causing bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) in humans by entering blood vessels through the stomach wall.
“This is significant step forward for MIT 1000 technology,” said Dr. David Haavig, Micro Imaging Technology’s Chief Scientist. “The completion of this Identifier demonstrates the sensitivity of this non-biological bacterial identification technology. This new Identifier gives our MIT 1000 the ability to identify a serotype of the species Salmonella enterica. A serotype is a distinct variation within a species that has cell surface antigens that differ from other serotypes of the same species; that is a very small difference. Our other Identifiers give the MIT 1000 the ability to identify Listeria genus and Staphylococcus genus where each genus consists of multiple species, some of which can be pathogenic.”
Identifiers give the MIT 1000 System the ability to identify bacteria. All Identifiers, including this new S. Choleraesuis Identifier as well as all future Identifiers, use the same simple chemical-free, very low-cost, one-minute sample preparation procedure and two-minute average hands-off test with no modification or addition to the MIT 1000 System.
The S. Choleraesuis Identifier is available now and will soon undergo AOAC Certification. The MIT 1000 is a rapid, bacterial cell-based detection and identification system that can identify pathogenic bacteria, now including Salmonella Choleraesuis, in three minutes (average). At a cost of $4.00 per test, the MIT 1000 is less than half the industries average cost of a pathogen test.
Meanwhile, MIT is working on a series of Salmonella Identifiers including the common food pathogens S. Heidelberg, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, Salmonella is estimated to cause about 1.2 million illnesses in the United States, with about 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
ABOUT: MICRO IMAGING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. is a California-based public company that is also registered to do business under the name Micro Identification Technologies. MIT has developed and patented the MIT 1000, a stand-alone, rapid, optically-based, software driven system that can identify pathogenic bacteria and complete an identification test, after culturing, in three minutes (average) at the lowest cost per test when compared to any other conventional method. It does not rely on chemical or biological agents, conventional processing, fluorescent tags, gas chromatography or DNA analysis. The process requires only clean filtered water and a sample of the unknown bacteria. Revenues for all rapid testing methods exceed $5 billion annually – with food safety accounting for more than $3.5 billion, which is expected to surpass $4.7 billion by 2015 according to BCC Research. In addition, the recently passed “New” U.S. Food Safety Bill is expected to further accelerate the current annual growth rate of 6.6 percent. In June 2009, the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) awarded the Company Performance Tested Methods SM (PTM) certification for the rapid identification of Listeria. The AOAC RI provides an independent third party
evaluation and expert reviews of methods and will award PTM certification to methods that demonstrate performance levels equivalent or better than other certified bacteria identifying methods. The MIT System underwent hundreds of individual tests, including ruggedness and accuracy, to earn AOAC RI’s certification for the identification of Listeria. You can find more information about our company and about Micro Identification TechnologiesTM. Please visit our newly enhanced website at www.micro-identification.com.