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Test kit makes melamine detection easier

A new food contaminant testing method for melamine and cyanuric acid decreases the time it takes to get accurate results for meats, its developer claims.

Applied Biosystems and MDS Sciex have jointly released a testing kit, which they claim will help laboratories and food manufacturers improve safety. Reducing time to test for contaminants could reduce delays in shipments waiting on results and improve recall effectiveness if products have already left the plant.

Reduced to 6 minutes
The method is based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS). It reduces testing time to less than six minutes from the 30 minutes required by current systems, the companies claim. "The new method is the first commercially available method to test for both contaminants simultaneously with this advanced technology," they stated.

Pet food
Melamine was found to have contaminated pet food in North America this year and by extension animal feed. The scare led to concerns over ingredients sourced from China and increased testing of those products both for human and animal consumption.

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