Events such as the anthrax attacks of 2001 and other bioterror plots like the recent ricin-containing letters sent to the White House and the Pentagon highlight the need for
Of these mail-borne threats, some are more deadly than others, and the CDC has designated these as Tier 1 select agents. Tier 1 select agents and toxins present a severe threat to public health and safety and have significant potential to lead to mass casualties. They can also lead to devastating effects
In a 2017 survey, counter-terrorism services company SoBran discovered that while almost 30% of organizations questioned had received a mail threat in the past year, a shocking 64% of mail security professionals stated that they were not fully confident that they could detect chemical or biological threats in the mail. It is critical that those responding to threats like suspicious powders can perform initial screening that works quickly and accurately to best inform public safety actions. To make sure that the best possible short-term tactical decision is made concerning these threats, many organizations use equipment in the field to screen suspicious samples quickly for the presence of potential biothreats.
“While 30% of organizations questioned had received a mail threat in the past year, a shocking 64% of mail security professionals stated that they were not fully confident that they could detect chemical or biological threats in the mail.”
There are many options to screen for biological threats out there, so how does one pick the best detector? It’s hard to decide when performance data is scant and when it is often supplied directly from the manufacturer. When looking for the right detection device for your organization, it’s helpful to look for data that was verified by external, independent assessments.
PathSensors recently participated in such a study. In a 2017
With highly sensitive instrumentation that provides biothreat identification in under five minutes, With technology that provides results as to whether threat agents are present or not in under 5 minutes and our instruments’ high sensitivity, we like to think that we’re a pretty good fit not only to prevent bioterror plots but also to detect for pathogens in other sectors, like food safety, agriculture, and emerging disease. But don’t take our word for it, just look at outside data. If you’re interested in learning more about PathSensors’ technology or the labs that have validated us, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or call us at 443-557-6150. “Biosafety/Biocontainment Plan Guidance.” Federal Select Agent