Romer Labs, a global supplier of food safety diagnostics, acquired the assets of the food safety and GMO businesses of Strategic Diagnostics Inc., Newark, Del.Romer Labs Rapid Check logo The deal accelerates Romer Labs’ move into food pathogen detection and augments its product and service range, making it a complete supplier for food safety solutions.

SDIX food safety business includes RapidChek lateral flow test strips with proprietary enrichment media, the patented RapidChek SELECT phage-based enrichment systems and RapidChek CONFIRM immunomagnetic confirmation tools. These products are approved for the detection of pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli in a variety of food, feed and environmental samples.

“The RapidChek product family is a strong brand for food pathogen detection, and has proven to be an accurate and reliable rapid test for the food industry worldwide. We are proud to integrate this renowned brand into our portfolio and are fully committed to expanding our range for food pathogen analysis in the future. The technology we are acquiring is solid and approved, and has also been successfully performance-tested by AOAC on various occasions,” says Michael Prinster, co-CEO of Romer Labs North America.

The acquisition also includes the GMO test kit business, in which SDIX already had an exclusive distribution partnership with Romer Labs since 2010.

Romer Labs will take over all staff members from the SDIX food safety and GMO divisions, including those in R&D, sales and marketing and production, and will continue to operate out of the Newark, Del., headquarters.