|CONTACT: Jennifer Baker, Neogen Corporation, 517/372-9200|
LANSING, Mich., April 24, 2009 — Neogen has developed an even easier method to accurately determine the general level of possible fumonisin contamination in corn.
Neogen’s new Reveal® for Fumonisin SQ is the easiest and quickest semi-quantitative test available for fumonisin. In a format similar to a home pregnancy test, all a tester has to do is immerse a test strip into a sample after a simple extraction and dilution. In only 5 minutes, Reveal for Fumonisin SQ can return sample test results in the ranges of: less than 1 part per million (ppm); 1 to 2 ppm; 2 to 4 ppm; or greater than 4 ppm using Neogen’s Reveal AccuScan™ III lateral flow test reader.
“Our new semi-quantitative Reveal test is an easy tool to accurately screen for fumonisin, a mycotoxin of particular interest in corn and its by-products,” said Neogen’s Jennifer Baker. “The new test is also well suited for the quick and accurate screening of corn by grain elevator operators, corn processors, feed producers, and ethanol producers. Using our new fumonisin test provides the added benefit of being able to simultaneously test the same extract for fumonisin and aflatoxin with Neogen’s Reveal for Aflatoxin SQ.”
Neogen’s new test adds to its line of mycotoxin tests, the broadest available, which also includes Reveal SQ tests for aflatoxin and DON. Test formats range from the extremely simple Reveal test strips to highly-sensitive fully quantitative tests capable of rapidly detecting mycotoxins in numerous samples simultaneously.
To complement its expanding line of simple test strips and devices, and greatly simplify accurate record keeping, Neogen offers the Reveal AccuScan™ III system. The AccuScan III system consists of a lateral flow test reader combined with a personal data assistant (PDA), and intuitive data management computer software. AccuScan III provides an easier user interface, rapid test reading times, self-calibrations, and a robust unit housing.
AccuScan also provides an easy method to objectively read, store, and analyze results from Neogen’s line of lateral flow tests for pathogens, mycotoxins, food allergens, dairy antibiotics, GMOs, and ruminant material in animal feed.
“Lateral flow tests are extremely popular in the food industry because they are very quick and easy to use,” said Baker. “AccuScan eliminates the subjectivity that can exist with interpreting the lateral flow devices, and provides a permanent result that can be incorporated into a company’s food safety plan, such as HACCP. Quick and easy test results are good. But, permanent, traceable results are often necessary.”
Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, genetic modifications, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases, and sanitation concerns, and dehydrated culture media.