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QIAGEN – Sample & Assay Technologies

QIAGEN® is the leading global provider of sample and assay technologies. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA, and proteins from biological samples Assay technologies are used to make such isolated biomolecules visible for subsequent analysis. QIAGEN has developed and currently markets more than 500 sample and assay products as well as automated solutions for such consumables.

The company provides these products to customers working in fields such as food testing, veterinary medicine, human identification and forensics, as well as to molecular diagnostics laboratories, hospitals, academic researchers, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. Founded in 1984, QIAGEN has more than 4,000 employees worldwide and is active in more than 60 locations, generating revenues in excess of $1.25 billion.

Products for the food testing, veterinary medicine, human identification and forensics industry


Our extensive portfolio of testing kits covers all segments of food testing, including pathogens, genetically modified organisms, and plant and animal identification. The kits streamline your work by offering technologies with straightforward, rapid protocols and help protect consumers against pathogens such as Salmonella, Legionella, and Listeria.

Our mericon™ Salmonella workflow has received AOAC-RI PTM and AFNOR validation in 2012.

Food testing: Because Trust is the most important ingredient.

Your food safety and quality testing facility needs technology that you can trust. Prepare your labs for every eventuality with our accurate and sensitive molecular food testing workflows. The combination of highly reliable target detection and rapid, standardized workflows gives you the possibility to release your product sooner with more confidence.

Our mericon portfolio of food safety testing products is one of the broadest on the market. This versatile and proven technology is based on real-time PCR. We offer products for every stage of the workflow, from sample preparation to target detection, and have fully automated protocols using innovative instruments for a range of throughputs. Our systems allow the safe and reliable detection of a broad range of commercially significant pathogens; the identification and quantification of DNA from genetically modified organisms; and the authentication of important ingredients and potential allergens.

Streamlined testing solutions

In a globalized food market with increasing demand for food research and monitoring, there is a need for streamlined testing solutions that are sensitive, accurate, and easy to use with a variety of starting materials. Building on our expertise in molecular testing for various fields of public safety and quality control, QIAGEN offers innovative, high-quality solutions for food safety testing.

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mericon food testing portfolio

Today's high-quality food safety testing programme places great demands on testing assays, as well as sample preparation methods. Assays must provide high sensitivity and specificity and should be easy to use. The preparation of the sample must require minimal effort and should be automatable for high sample numbers. The mericon food testing portfolio meets these demands and consists of a complete system of sample preparation and assay kits.


The detection is based on real-time PCR, a technology that is gaining importance as a complimentary tool to established microbial culture-based methods and ELISA-based assays that are prevalent in the food testing sector. Combined with dedicated sample preparation kits, PCR assays deliver rapid results and accurately detect the most challenging pathogen strains.

Protocols are simple and can be automated for high sample numbers. Furthermore, PCR is highly specific and unaffected by food processing. Together with QIAGEN automated solutions, mericon products enable fast and reliable detection of a broad range of pathogens and, genetically modified organisms, as well as plant and animal matter in food and animal feed.

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Improving food safety in emerging and threshold countries

QIAGEN is continuously expanding its range of products for food testing. At the same time, we are working closely with national and international authorities and organizations to improve food safety in emerging and threshold countries.

The company is also providing its technologies to an international project being realized by the United Nations. The aim is to develop new strategies for the rapid suppression of outbreaks of disease in animals using portable QIAGEN equipment and molecular testing without the need for access to laboratory infrastructures.

For further information on QIAGEN's food safety testing please contact

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