US company Neogen Corporation has developed a simple test to detect precise amounts of the mycotoxin zearalenone in grain samples. Zearalenone-contaminated animal feed or grain can cause a wide variety of reproductive problems if eaten by livestock.
's new Reveal Q+ for Zearalenone
adds to the company's line of simple, quick, and fully quantitative tests for mycotoxins — a line that also includes tests for the major mycotoxins aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) in a state-of-the-art format.
"Reveal Q+ for Zearalenone is the easiest test available for rapid, fully quantitative test results," said Neogen's Ed Bradley, vice president of Food Safety.
"This innovative technology yields more accurate and reproducible results than other testing methods for zearalenone.”
After only 6 minutes, Reveal Q+ for Zearalenone delivers precise results ranging from 50 to 1200 parts per billion (ppb) of zearalenone in corn and wheat.
Reveal Q+ test strips are read in Neogen's AccuScan III lateral flow test reader to deliver the precision of more demanding test methods.
"Livestock producers are becoming increasingly aware of zearalenone problems, and have looked for ways to reduce risks related to contaminated feed," Bradley said.
"The best protection against mycotoxins is monitoring for their presence in feeds and foods. That means testing along the pathway from initial harvest of grains to the finished products."
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