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LANSING, Mich., Oct. 24, 2012 — The Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) has validated the performance of another of Neogen’s simple and accurate tests for aflatoxin. OTSC’s validation of Neogen’s Reveal® Q+ for Aflatoxin enables the simple fully quantitative lateral flow strip test to be used for official testing in the state’s grain inspection system.
The OTSC’s test validation follows the March 2012 approval of Neogen’s Reveal Q+ for Aflatoxin by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) for use in the national grain inspection system.
Neogen’s Reveal Q+ for Aflatoxin delivers precise results ranging from 2 to 150 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin after only 6 minutes. Reveal Q+ test strips are read in Neogen’s AccuScan® III or AccuScan Pro lateral flow test reader to deliver precise results.
“Neogen’s tests for mycotoxins have set the gold standard for many years, and our improvements serve to make our market-leading tests only better,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s vice president of Food Safety. “The approvals by OTSC and GIPSA allows regulators and grain industry professionals to add our improved test to the expanding list of Neogen’s products they can rely on to ensure the safety of our worldwide food and feed supply. Our newly approved test will be especially useful this fall, which is proving to be a challenging corn harvest season in areas hit hard by this year’s difficult growing conditions.”
Reveal Q+ for Aflatoxin offers both room temperature incubation of the test strip and storage of the test kit — eliminating the need for an incubator and refrigeration space. The test requires only minimal equipment to achieve precise results and uses a simple, low cost ethanol extraction process. Ethanol is the preferred extract solvent of many major grain handlers.
Neogen’s AccuScan III and AccuScan Pro readers provide an easy method to objectively read, store, and analyze results from Neogen’s line of lateral flow tests. AccuScan provides a permanent result that can be incorporated into a company’s food safety plan, such as HACCP.
The OTSC has also approved Neogen’s Veratox® for Aflatoxin quantitative microwell test for use in the state’s grain inspection system.
Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, genetic modifications, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns.
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