White Paper: Advanced mycotoxin testing system

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ToxiMet | Publication date: 1 June 2012
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The analytical resource, expertise, cost and time that is invested into the mycotoxin testing of foods is enormous.

There are a variety of analytical techniques already in use to meet the stringent standards set by multiple food agencies worldwide.

Testing is normally conducted in sophisticated laboratories using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC; including Liquid Chromatography– Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)), and, much less often, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).

The latter lacks the flexibility of HPLC, is less accurate and is prone to reporting ‘false positives’. Although providing a high level of accuracy and precision, HPLC equipment is expensive to purchase and maintain, requires a highly trained operator and requires significant quantities of solvent.

Semi-quantitative test kits, aimed at the food-screening market, include fluorometric procedures, Lateral Flow Devices (LFD), and simplified ELISA procedures.

There is an urgent need for a simple, affordable, rugged and reliable system that can accurately and rapidly measure mycotoxin levels at every step in the supply chain without the need of a highly trained operator. The benefits of this are significant, de-risking the entire process and such an approach, especially when incorporated into a well-designed HACCP plan, can greatly improve the quality of foods by preventing excessive storage time (and the increased risk of mycotoxins production), with results becoming immediately available at the dockside, warehouse and processors doors.

 

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