By: TVMDL, Texas A&M Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
- Eggs can be contaminated on the outer shell surface and internally.
- Internal contamination can be the result of penetration through the eggshell.
- Direct contamination of egg contents before oviposition, originating from infection of the reproductive organs.
Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) offers testing of drag swabs to satisfy the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for SE testing of egg producers. TVMDL currently utilizes the RapidChek® SELECT™ Salmonella Enteritidis Test System to identify Salmonella Group D1 isolates (of which SE is one).
TEST: Salmonella Enteritidis Rapid Test System
SPECIMEN: Drag swabs, other environmental specimens
TURNAROUND: Performed Monday-Friday in Center and Gonzales, with results in 3-7 business days.
COST: $29.00 with a $6.00 accession fee.
Any suspect positive isolates are forwarded to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa for SE confirmation.
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