"Fumo-V strip tests in combination with our Vertu reader make testing for mycotoxins more accessible to food and agriculture producers worldwide. They rely on early detection to protect humans and animals from potentially lethal effects of contamination," comments
"The Fumo-V test is well-suited to onsite locations. Users do not need to be chemists and can learn to use the test in less than 30 minutes, yet still obtain quantitative results," said Dr.
The economic impact of mycotoxins is vast. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 25% of the world's crops are affected by mycotoxins each year. Crop losses, management, product recalls, and regulatory oversight result in annual losses of approximately one billion metric tons of food and food products.*
Fumonisins are mycotoxins produced by several fusarium mold species that are implicated in equine leukoencephalomalacia in horses, swine pulmonary edema, and human esophageal cancer. The EU enforces maximum allowable levels as low as 0.2 ppm in infant foods to as high as four ppm fumonisin for unprocessed maize intended for human consumption. The US FDA Guidelines for fumonisin recommend 2–4 ppm level for whole and processed maize products for human consumption.
Mycotoxins are naturally occurring chemical byproducts of ubiquitous mold species which are natural inhabitants of crop soils. Severe rain or drought can encourage mycotoxin production and, once released, mycotoxins are difficult to manage and virtually impossible to destroy. VICAM offers detection systems for single and multiple mycotoxin quantification both onsite and in-laboratory screening. The USDA,
About the Vertu Lateral Flow Reader
Vertu is a digital lateral flow reader for fast, easy, mycotoxin quantitation. The Vertu reader provides more accessible mycotoxin testing to food and agriculture producers worldwide who rely on early detection to protect humans and animals from potentially lethal effects of contamination. The economic impact of mycotoxins is vast. Crop losses, management, product recalls and regulatory oversight result in total costs in the billions of dollars annually to the global food supply chain.
No special training or expertise is required to operate VICAM's Vertu lateral flow reader. Operators obtain results in part-per-billion (ppb) or part-per-million (ppm) in minutes, providing critical data for the management and control of mycotoxins.
The Vertu technology enhances VICAM's portfolio of single-use food safety tests designed to detect contaminants in ppb and meet the increasingly stringent regulatory and economic challenges confronting today's global food chain. With a comprehensive product line evaluated and trusted by industry leaders in more than 100 countries, VICAM is the leader in rapid mycotoxin test solutions.
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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.
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