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Bacteria are like insects. Some are useful
even essential. Others are so harmful
they can wipe out an entire population..

Bacteria belong to a world that remains largely unknown to the general public. They are usually defined as germs that contaminate water and food, cause urinary infections, and are responsible for tuberculosis and cholera epidemics and other plagues.

This is true but itís not the whole story. Cheese and yogurt are also the work of bacteria. Such bacteria can be responsible for another, lesser evil: overeating.

Bacteria are living, active, microscopic-sized entities. Like insects, some render dependable service while others must be controlled at all costs.

Whatever the bacteria involved, it is first important to have a thorough understanding of them and to be able to detect their presence to know precisely what they are, where they are and how many of them there are.

Quelab has developed extremely efficient
tools to identify bacteria in all fields of activity.

Few, if any, industries have no ìbusiness relationshipî with bacteria.

In the food-producing industry, detecting bacteria is an ongoing activity. Care must be taken to make sure that the equipment used remains clean and that the right types of bacteria in the prescribed proportions are used in production. Responsible companies must ensure the quality of their methods by controlling the bacteria that contribute to the process.

Manufacturers of industrial oils and other petroleum derivatives have a similarly close relationship with bacteria. As it happens, certain bacteria are attracted to oils they revel in them, in fact. It is absolutely necessary that they be controlled, otherwise they have a radically detrimental effect on product quality.

In the health field, bacteriological control
is a necessity. But such control is not automatic.

The health field is, naturally, the area where bacteriological control is most critical in terms of sterilizing equipment, of course, but also in terms of detecting and identifying bacteria in humans and in animals.

With regard to prevention or treatment, no infectious disease can be effectively controlled unless the bacteria in question are first identified. Analyzing these bacteria is essential to any diagnosis. Today, itís a recognized fact that wherever this diagnostic process is not carried out, owing to prevailing political and/or economic conditions, there is the risk of an epidemic.

The sad reality is that not everywhere do health professionals conduct bacteriological control involving humans who have developed an infection. This situation is not due to incompetence, carelessness or negligence on the part of health practitioners. Instead, it results from a simple lack of products tools and like those manufactured by Quelab.

The culture media: an economical, effective
tool for detecting and measuring bacteria

The culture medium a mixture of chemical and organic products makes it possible to detect bacteria in samples (e.g. urine). In culture media like those that Quelab manufactures, bacteria reproduce rapidly, allowing specialists to isolate and identify them.

Culture media remain the most economical and the surest method for detecting bacteria. To respond to the full range of customer needs, Quelab produces more than 800 types of culture media.

A huge market

In comparison with other technologies, the cost of using culture media is low. Thus, itís obvious that Quelabís potential international market is, quite simply, huge.

This is true in part because Quelab is a highly specialized manufacturer of microbiological and diagnostic products. Itís also true because the possible applications of culture media far exceed current uses of this technology. Systematic control is not yet common practice in semi-industrialized countries. This increases the risk of certain epidemiological diseases making a return to North America and Western Europe diseases the industrialized West thought it was free of forever.

Bacteria have developed increasing
resistance to antibiotics

There are still countries where the inability to identify infections leads to systematic antibiotic therapy to the extent that bacteria develop new resistance capacities. What these countries need are tools to carry out this all-important identification work.

A huge market and few players: a growth opportunity for Quelab and the research and microbiology industries in Canada

Quelab is not the worldís only manufacturer
of culture media. A number of others exist:
some of them very big indeed.

For its part, Quelabís expertise and trustworthiness are the envy of many. The firmís active participation in numerous research projects places it in a coveted position among world microbiology specialists. Quelab regularly consults other specialists in its field. Indeed, itís not rare for the company to invite them to collaborate on the development of new culture media.

Quelab is proud of its efforts and wishes to share this pride with its fellow Canadians.