Neogen’s 5 minute test for DON obtains USDA approval

October 01, 2008

Press Release
CONTACT: Ed Bradley, Vice President, 517-372-9200

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 1, 2008 — The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has verified the performance of Neogen’s newest simple and accurate test for deoxynivalenol (a.k.a., DON and vomitoxin). GIPSA’s approval of Neogen’s quantitative Veratox® for DON 2/3 enables the test to be used for official testing in the national grain inspection system.

Using the same simple protocol as Neogen’s Veratox for DON 5/5, the new Veratox for DON 2/3 provides the same exceptional accuracy and reproducibility that you are used to—but now in just half the time. After a simple water extraction, clear sample results can be tested using Veratox for DON 2/3—which requires two incubations that together total only 5 minutes.

“Neogen’s tests for mycotoxins have set the gold standard for many years, and our improvements serve to make our market-best tests only better,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s vice president of Food Safety. “GIPSA’s approval allows regulators 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.”

Neogen’s new Veratox for DON 2/3:

  • Quantitates at 0.5 to 5 ppm
  • Tests up to 19 extracted samples at a time, in as little as 5 minutes (38 total samples per kit)
  • Is backed by Neogen’s unparalleled technical and customer support
  • Minimal training and equipment needed

To accommodate its customers who would prefer not to alter their DON testing protocols at this time, Neogen will continue to offer Veratox for DON 5/5.

Neogen’s full line of mycotoxin tests also includes Reveal for DON SQ (semi-quantitative), which designed to provide the easiest semi-quantitative results for DON available. After placing the strip test in a sample for only 5 minutes, and with the use of Neogen’s unique Reveal AccuScan® III lateral flow test reader, sample results are returned as negative (less than 0.5 ppm of DON); 0.5 to 1 ppm; 1 to 2 ppm; or greater than 2 ppm of DON.

Neogen’s also offers Reveal® for Aflatoxin and Reveal for Aflatoxin SQ—the easiest and quickest tests available for aflatoxin, the most widely regulated mycotoxin. After a simple extraction, the Reveal Aflatoxin test can provide a negative result in less than 2 minutes.

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) develops and markets products and services 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, ruminant by-products, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns.