Dubai: Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) of Dubai Municipality has launched three new services on various food products, said Maha Al Hajri, Head of Food and Environment Laboratories Section.
The new tests include the Food Shelf Life Service, which tests the period required for the validity of the food products, as well as the service of Detection of Meat Adulteration in raw and cooked meat products, which is done using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technique, in addition to the service of detection of bacterial pathogens such as salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157 using 3M Molecular Detection System for rapid and specific detection showing results within 42 hours.
“Another service is for detecting commercial fraud in fresh and cooked meat, which is done through the use of immunosuppressive technology associated with the enzyme. The third service is for detecting bacterial pathogens such as salmonella bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli using a molecular detection technique with precision and speed showing results within 42 hours,” she said.
“The new tests are aimed at ensuring the quality and safety of products and making the market free of commercial frauds and pathogens that lead to food poisoning according to the ISO 17025 laboratory quality standards,” Al Hajiri said.
She said that the development of the new tests was a reflection of DCL’s strategy to provide testing services to various categories of customers, and to achieve the vision of Dubai Municipality, building a happy and sustainable city.