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Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by moulds. They can have serious acute and chronic effects on the health of humans as well as animals. Mycotoxin analysis of food and feed is therefore necessary and often required by legislation. Modern test kits allow rapid qualitative and quantitative analysis of mycotoxins.
Throughout history, mycotoxins (as we know them now) have impaired the quality of agricultural products. Major commodities such as corn, wheat, rice, soy and peanuts can be contaminated with mycotoxins, depending on growth conditions and storage conditions. So can other commodities like rye, oats, hazelnuts, figs, grapes or spices be affected by mycotoxins.
The consumption of mycotoxin contaminated products may have acute toxic health effects on humans and animals as well as chronic effects. Besides health costs also direct economic factors play a role like decreased efficiency in the growth of farm animals, trade losses because of import and export limitations and direct losses in revenue of crop value. To protect the health of consumers and animals worldwide, legislations for mycotoxins are in place.
The analysis of mycotoxins presents some unique challenges: Mould fungus toxins are naturally occurring contaminants. Production prior to harvest is affected by weather conditions, as well as agricultural practices. Production after harvest depends upon storage conditions. This puts certain challenges on the risk management of mycotoxins: Where, when, how often and how many do I test?
Mycotoxins are spread very inhomogeneously throughout a product and maybe present at very low levels. Samples to be tested may be analytically simple matrices such as wheat, corn or maybe very complicated matrices like spices, coffee or complex mixtures of ingredients as in animal feed. It is very important to choose the right sampling and analytical method for the product to be tested. R-Biopharm offers a wide range of analytical methods for mycotoxin analysis.
Mycotoxin testing with your smartphone
Our innovative RIDA®SMART APP is a completely new way to quantify mycotoxins – simply with your smartphone. Get the app now and let your smartphone do the analysis of your lateral flow test! This method is easier, faster and cheaper compared to conventional LFD readers. Plus, you can easily send your results to an e-mail address or to a printer.
Mycotoxin test kits
We offer many different analytical platforms for the analysis of mycotoxins. Depending on the sample type, number of samples, time to result, ease of use and availalble equipment we can offer you the appropriate testing format:
AFLACARD® / OCHRACARD®
|The ELISA test format enables high-throughput testing of many commodities for most regulated mycotoxins.||The lateral flow test enables rapid, on-site decisions about the mycotoxin contamination of commodities. Results can be evaluated visually (semi-quantitative) or quantitatively by means of a LFD reader (e.g. RIDA®QUICK SCAN) or the RIDA®SMART APP.||The screening cards AFLACARD and OCHRACARD are specially designed to get a rapid, semi-quantitative result for more complex commodities.||Immunoaffinity columns (e.g. RIDA®, EASI-EXTRACT®, PREP®) enable efficient mycotoxin clean-up for all kinds of commodities prior to HPLC, LC-MSMS or ELISA. PuriTox solid phase extraction columns enable mycotoxin clean-up prior to TLC, HPLC, GC or LC-MSMS.|
Quality assurance plays an important role in mycotoxin analysis. R-Biopharm offers mycotoxin standards and certfied mycotoxin reference materials produced by Trilogy Analytical Laboratory. In cooperation with DRRR (a leading and fully accredited proficiency testing provider), R-Biopharm now also offers proficiency testing for mycotoxin analysis. Find out more at the DRRR website or download the DRRR mycotoxin proficiency testing flyer.