Scientists in Spain are working on a new system to help find salmonella in food samples within 24 hours.

While it’s fairly straightforward to find the bacteria with current technology, it still takes up to seven days to confirm results. This means outbreaks can become widespread before the true culprit is known, forcing a shut-down of the manufacturing process until results are confirmed.

The new technology will be based on genetic identifiers and specific markers for the viability of the bacteria. It will significantly cut down on the time needed to identify and control salmonella outbreaks, which means producers will be able to regain market access more quickly should an event occur.