To combat the spread of epidemics in farm animals and animal stocks around the world, QIAGEN offers a number of solutions for protecting the health of animals as well as the safety of food supplies. Rapid detection of animal disease is key to halting the spread of disease across farms and regions, and monitoring foods for pathogen contamination at all stages of processing and distribution is vital for food safety.
In the past 10 years, 75% of all new infectious diseases were primarily caused by the processing of infected animals as food (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or "mad cow disease" is one such example). Fortunately, food safety technologies are advancing and, by supporting a number of initiatives, we are leading the drive to protect the world’s food supply, by:
- Combating the spread of animal diseases on farms, including avian flu and blue tongue
- Monitoring foods for authenticity and pathogen contamination, such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria, at all stages of processing and distribution
- Improving laboratory analyses by automating pathogen detection from any animal or food sample