Rapid metho ds for the detection of foodborne bacterial pathogens: Principles, applications, advantages and limitations

Jodi Woan Fei Law, Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib, Kok Gan Chan, Learn Han Lee

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The incidence of foodborne diseases has increased over the years and resulted in major public health problem globally. Foodborne pathogens can be found in various foods and it is important to detect foodborne pathogens to provide safe food supply and to prevent foodborne diseases. The conventional methods used to detect foodborne pathogen are time consuming and laborious. Hence, a variety of methods have been developed for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens as it is required many food analyses. Rapid detection methods can be categorized into nucleic acid-based, biosensor-based and immunological-based methods. This review emphasizes on the principles and application of recent rapid methods for the detection of foodborne bacterial pathogens. Detection methods included are simple polymerase chain reaction (PCR), multiplex PCR, real-time PCR, nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA), loop-mediated isothermal amplification LAMP) and oligonucleotide DNA microarray which classified as nucleic acid-based methods; optical, electrochemical and mass-based biosensors which classified as biosensor-based methods; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and lateral flow immunoassay which classified as immunological-based methods. In general, rapid detection methods are generally time-efficient, sensitive, specific and labor-saving. The developments of rapid detection methods are vital in prevention and treatment of foodborne diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number770
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue numberDEC
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Detection
  • Foodborne
  • Lamp
  • Nasba
  • Pathogens
  • Pcr
  • Rapid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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