The Molecular Detection System is a fast, accurate and easy-to-use method of detecting dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria. The system is based on technologies involving isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. The system targets and amplifies nucleic acid in enriched samples. The automated technology has been evaluated with a variety of food types, including produce, meats, processed foods, pet food and food processing-related environmental samples. The instrument takes up less counter space than a laptop computer.