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*Accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to Laboratory no. 594 (ISO/IEC 17025)

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Reference Details


Identification of suspected Salmonella species.

Test Category:
Phenotypic and Molecular Identification
Salmonella spp.
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Salmonellosis
  • Gastroenteritis

Isolate from urine, stool, blood, environmental, food, other.

Collection Method:

Isolate provided on appropriate culture medium for Salmonella.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Send as growth on appropriate culture medium or in appropriate transport medium.  Culture vessel should be leak-proof or sealed appropriately.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.


Patient Criteria:

Gastroenteritis, septicemia, infection, other.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Division of Enteric Diseases requisition form.



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Phenotypic Identification (biotyping)(1)

Salmonella in-silico typing resource (SISTR)(2)                                           


Whole genome sequencing based methodologies may be applied

  1. Biotyping: as per Murray, P.R., Baron, E.J., Jorgensen, J.H., Pfaller, M.A., Yolken, R.H., Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 2003. ASM Press. Washington, DC. USA
  2. Yoshida CE, Kruczkiewicz P, Laing CR, Lingohr EJ, Gannon VPJ, Nash JHE, et al. (2016) The Salmonella In Silico Typing Resource (SISTR): An Open Web-Accessible Tool for Rapidly Typing and Subtyping Draft Salmonella Genome Assemblies. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147101.
  3. MALDI-TOF results analysed using the most current Bruker Biotyper database.

*Note: All isolates identified as Salmonella will be referred for whole genome sequencing and in silico serotyping. Traditional serotyping is also available but must be explicitly requested by submitting lab**

Turnaround Time:

21 calendar days.  Note: Turnaround times for routine isolates may be extended during major foodborne outbreak activities or due to limited availability of resources.

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