West Liberty Foods is a leading co-packer and private label manufacturer of sliced meat, poultry and cheese for foodservice and retail customers throughout the U.S. Started by a turkey growers cooperative in 1997, the business has grown to four facilities in Iowa today. Committed to quality in people and products, the company has won numerous awards, including the Food Quality Award in 2008.
A few years ago, the corporate laboratory at West Liberty Foods began experiencing problems with the PCR system they were using at that time for pathogen detection. The unreliable results, especially for Listeria detection, were so problematic that the company suspended its use for most testing. The lab believed in the power of DNA-based testing, however, and wanted to find an alternative.