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iMicroQ obtains certification for QFast Salmonella detection method

This spin-off of the URV won the 2012 EmprenedorXXI award and was a runner-up for the 2010 Bioemprenedor award

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The iMicroQ QFast Salmonella method has received international UNE/EN/ISO 16140:2003 certification. This system to detect salmonella, developed over two years, screens for Salmonella bacteria in veterinary, environmental and animal-feed samples.

This certification, granted by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR), allows for use of the QFast Salmonella method according to the requirements of Regulation 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria. Once they have received authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment to market the method, iMicroQ will launch two products: QFast Salmonella SOFT and QFast Salmonella HARD.

Salmonella is one of the most widespread food-born diseases in the world in the poultry and food industry. There are tens of millions of cases each year, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). Basic hygiene practices can prevent the spread of these bacteria, like cooking food thoroughly, washing products well, and storing them at the proper temperature.

iMicroQ is a biotechnology company that was spun off from Rovira i Virgili University(URV) in 2010. It won the EmprenedorXXI award for innovative companies granted by "la Caixa" and ENISA in 2012, and raised €1 million to manufacture their QFast salmonella detection kit in 2013. iMicroQ was also a runner-up for the 2010 BioEmprenedorXXI award.

More information is available in the iMicroQ article.

iMicroQ QFast Salmonella detection kit. - Photo: © iMicroQ