Eco-Friendly Aflatoxin Detection Method is Now Verified by the
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VICAM’s Afla-V AQUA Strip Test Receives USDA-GIPSA Certification for the Quantitative Analysis of Aflatoxins (Photo: Business Wire)
“Aflatoxin detection is critical to global food cultivation and trade.
USDA-GIPSA approval provides official verification of method
performance, giving our customers even greater confidence in their
aflatoxin testing data,” said
The Afla-V® AQUA™ strip test provides fully quantitative data for the determination of total aflatoxins. Results are displayed on the digital screen in just five minutes (following extraction and sample preparation) with a range of 5-300 parts per billion for total aflatoxins, and was designed to be used virtually anywhere, requiring little to no training or expertise.
Traditional methods for the detection of aflatoxins have required the use of methanol, ethanol and other solvents for the extraction step, costly chemicals which require specialized and often costly shipping, handling and storage facilities. The Afla-V® AQUA™ strip test replaces chemical solvents with a water-based extraction solution which is both environmentally friendly and safe for use in the field, process or laboratory environment.
Aflatoxins are naturally occurring chemical byproducts of mold species,
which are natural inhabitants of crop soils. Severe rain and drought can
encourage aflatoxin production, and once released, aflatoxin and other
mycotoxins are difficult to manage and nearly impossible to destroy.
Aflatoxin B1 is classified as a Group I carcinogen and is highly toxic
even at very low concentrations. The USDA,
About VICAM, A Waters Business (VICAM.com)
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 www.vicam.com or call +1.508.482.4935.
Chris Orlando, 508-482-2623
Public Relations Manager