July 29, 2008


USDA approves aflatoxin test for corn


Charm Sciences, Inc. has received approval from the USDA for its ROSA Fast AFQ, a 3-minute quantitative detection of aflatoxin in corn.


ROSA Fast AFQ delivers a 3-minute quantitative test for aflatoxin in a convenient one-step strip assay. ROSA Aflatoxin companion tests are also approved at qualitative 10 and 20 ppb thresholds in corn and for quantitative detection in corn flour, corn germ meal, corn gluten meal, corn meal, corn screenings, corn soy blend, cracked corn, distillers dried grains, flaking corn grits, milled rice, popcorn, rough rice, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rye, oats, and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).


ROSA Fast AFQ is the eighth ROSA mycotoxin test to receive a certificate of conformance from the USDA. All ROSA mycotoxin tests can be run on the same equipment, follow a similar assay format, and are uniquely packaged to ensure the test strip only comes in contact with the sample.


Aflatoxins are a group of chemicals produced by certain mold fungi. If not properly monitored or controlled, the mold can produce dangerous mycotoxins that compromise the quality of grains, food and feedstuffs. Aflatoxins are harmful or fatal to livestock and are considered carcinogenic.


Charm Sciences is a world leader in the provision of food safety diagnostics and food safety solutions.

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