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Vicam's new Don-Niv WB immunoaffinity column improves lab analysis of mycotoxins

Waters Corporation have announced that Vicam, a Waters Business, introduced the Don-Niv(tm) WB Immunoaffinity (IA) column, the only IA column on the market to simultaneously screen for deoxynivalenol (Don) and nivalenol (Niv). Coupled with liquid chromatography analysis, the Don-Niv WB column provides over 90% recovery of both Don and Niv and doubles the productivity of commercial, government, and food safety research laboratories.

Don and Niv are trichothecene mycotoxins produced by fusarium molds. Animal feeds which are contaminated with fusarium toxins cause feed refusal, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea - resulting in significant health, production, and economic risks. Niv has also been linked to lung and brain hemorrhage and bone marrow injury through disruption of DNA and protein synthesis.
 
The Don-Niv WB column meets all of the stringent European Union regulations for the recovery of Don in food and feeds. The US Food and Drug Administration advise no more than 1 ppm Don in wheat products intended for human consumption and specific levels for feeding of livestock animals. While there are currently no officially set detection limits for Niv, growing research on the co-occurrence of toxins and the potential for amplified toxicity is driving the need for increased awareness and potential regulation.
 
For more information on the DON-NIV WB Immunoaffinity Column click here.

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