This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R5793: The development of a polymerase chain
reaction (PCR) based method for the rapid and highly sensitive detection
of aquatic vibrios.
A rapid and highly sensitive DNA test is now available to screen seafood
for bacteria. Infected seafood, particularly shellfish, can cause food
poisoning. Outbreaks damage consumer confidence and producers suffer,
especially the poorest. Previously, screening for bacteria was slow,
taking up to 7 days, and was not always accurate. These diagnostic
techniques have been extensively tested on coastal and estuarine seafood
in India, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia and Japan. They've been used not
only for detecting bacteria in seafood but also for food safety tests
and for monitoring bacteria in coastal areas popular for water sports.
Hundreds of laboratories have adopted these methods and they are widely
accepted by international food safety authorities. They will probably
become routine for ensuring that fish exports meet EU, US and Japanese
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11
pp.) taken from the CD.
PHF10, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 105.