Company gets USDA license for Johne’s disease detection kit

A biotech company based in Massachusetts says its new product for detecting Johne’s disease in dairy and beef cattle has been licensed by the USDA. Thermo Fischer Scientific says the kit quickly detects the bacteria – which lives in the small intestine of ruminant animals.

Labs must get authorization from their state veterinarians in order to use it.

The company says Johne’s disease costs the U.S. dairy and beef cattle industries as much as $350 million dollars a year.


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