NEWARK, DEL. — Romer Labs introduced its AgraStrip Pro WATEX test system for the rapid on-site quantification of four commonly regulated mycotoxins (total aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, total fumonisin, and zearalenone) in a variety of agricultural commodities. The AgraStrip Pro WATEX system builds upon its predecessor system by streamlining extraction, fully automating the assay and improving accuracy and usability, the company said.
The system makes mycotoxin testing more efficient, simplifying workflow and allowing for optimal time management. The entire test procedure is completed in 10 minutes, with the assay itself taking only 4 minutes.
With the newly developed AgraVision Pro reader, the system allows for the independent and simultaneous testing of up to four samples in an intuitive, walk-away procedure. The reader automates timing, temperature and flow, eliminating the potential for handling errors. Its robust design and integrated incubator ensure that it can secure precise, quantitative results even in the toughest of conditions. Data management and reporting is made simpler with blockchain-enabled test strips and easy connectivity to PCs and a printer.
All AgraStrip Pro WATEX mycotoxin kits share a common, water-based extraction and dilution procedure, eliminating the need for organic solvents that can harm both the user and the environment.
“We began our quest to reimagine our AgraStrip system by asking those who test for mycotoxins on-site one question: ‘What is it that you need from a mycotoxin test kit?’ The result is the AgraStrip Pro WATEX system,” said Eva Wanzenböck, managing director, Romer Labs. “With this new solution, we once again unite our drive for usability with our obsession for analytical precision. AgraStrip Pro WATEX proves that the reliable quantification of mycotoxins doesn’t have to come at the cost of user-friendliness.”
The presence of mycotoxins continues to be an issue in the pet food processing industry. Recently, Midwestern Pet Foods recalled more than 1,000 lots of dog and cat food products manufactured at its facility in Oklahoma for containing potentially fatally toxic levels of aflatoxin. As of Jan. 21, the US Food and Drug Administration was aware of 110 dog deaths and 210 illnesses in dogs linked to the recall.
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