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VICAM Introduces New Rapid, Solvent-free Method for Ochratoxin A Detection in Coffee and Wheat

The Ochra-V AQUA eliminates the use of organic solvents while also significantly reducing testing time

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 19, 2017-- Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) announced VICAM®, a Waters®Business, now offers a rapid, eco-friendly lateral flow strip test specifically for the detection of ochratoxin A in green coffee and wheat. Compared to traditional methods, the Ochra-V® AQUA™ reduces ochratoxin A testing time by half and eliminates the use of organic solvents completely.

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Traditional laboratory-based methods of ochratoxin A monitoring can take a substantial amount of time and resources to complete. The Ochra-V AQUA enables on-site monitoring that provides precise quantitative results minutes after sample extraction. This allows producers and processors the ability to quickly select safe, high quality raw materials for milling (wheat) and roasting (coffee).

“VICAM is committed to developing products that deliver significant efficiencies to our customers while also being eco-friendly,” said Marjorie Radlo-Zandi, Managing Director, VICAM. “With Ochra-V AQUA, we are able to test for all global regulatory levels required for ochratoxin within minutes.”

The Ochra-V AQUA is the latest in a series of solvent-free testing solutions from VICAM that can be used with the Vertu® lateral flow strip test reader. The Afla-V® AQUA™ (aflatoxins), Fumo-V® AQUA™ (fumonisin) and DON-V® (vomitoxin) are also available.

About Ochratoxin

Ochratoxin is a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus ochraceous and also by several species of Penicillium fungi. Ochratoxin has been known to cause kidney damage and decreased egg production in chickens. It is an immunosuppressant and is considered a potential carcinogen.

About Waters Corporation (

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) develops and manufactures advanced analytical science technologies for laboratory-dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the Company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis systems.

About VICAM, A Waters Business (

VICAM is a world-leading provider of mycotoxin testing solutions. Since 1985, VICAM has been dedicated to developing USDA- and AOAC-approved rapid tests for mycotoxins. VICAM’s mycotoxin test kits offer a choice of rapid qualitative screening and quantitative test methods for a wide variety of mycotoxins. Around the world, VICAM products are used with confidence by customers who trust our commitment to extending the value of those products with unmatched service and support. We guarantee satisfaction with expert technical assistance and top-of-the-line customer care through a global scientific and distribution network that develops, markets, sells, and services our products in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit or call +1.508.482.4935.

Source: Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation
Chris Orlando, 508-482-2623
Public Relations Manager