The Food and Drug Administration has signed a five-year agreement with Carlsbad, Calif.-based Life Technologies Corp. to speed food safety testing of E. coli and salmonella.

“We are excited to be entering this cooperative research and development agreement with the FDA as we have been working alongside them in one capacity or the other for over 10 years,” Nir Nimrodi, vice president and general manager for food safety and animal health at Life Technologies. “The FDA will call on us, particularly when it comes to developing rapid detection kits.”

Nimrodi said in the release that the agreement will give FDA new track and trace products for rapid identification of foodborne contaminants.

The FDA will evaluate Life Technologies’ next-generation sequencing products for salmonella investigations to improve the public health response to future outbreaks, according to the release.

The FDA agreement include three projects:


  • The company will design food safety tests for the detection and identification of foodborne pathogens;
  • The company will design a workflow for food pathogens, and sample preparation methods; and
  • The FDA will evaluate the company’s technology.