Archive: June 2016

Ensuring reliable tests for aflatoxins in corn

CSince the early 1990’s the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has provided a rapid test kits evaluation programme for detection of mycotoxins in grains and oilseeds. On the 16th June the USDA informed Vicam that their Afla-V Aqua test kit has been approved for quantitative aflatoxin determinations in corn (including dent or field corn, corn meal, cracked corn, corn flour, corn grits or polenta, and corn screenings). The Afla-V Aqua is a lateral flow based test that utilises a water based extraction and the Vertu reader for quantitative measurements that can be performed in 5 minutes. Test kits meeting GIPSA’s Design Criteria and Test Performance Specifications receive a Certificate of Conformance and can be used in the Official Inspection System. Afla-V Aqua is the third Vicam test to be approved under the scheme, the other two are Afla-V and AflaCheck.

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