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New Tests Set To Turn Food Litigation On Its Head

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 9:02 PM EST) -- A new kind of diagnostic test is about to revolutionize the way doctors look for the bacteria that cause foodborne illness. While the products will help to diagnose patients more quickly, they could make it much tougher for public health officials to detect outbreaks — and in the process throw litigation over the illnesses into disarray, attorneys say.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it had approved the first product that can test a stool sample for bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause infectious gastroenteritis at the same time.

The test, manufactured by Luminex Corp., is at the...

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