Romer Labs claims market first for water-based Zearalenone test

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Romer Labs unveils water-based test to remove solvent use

Related tags: Cereal, Rice

Romer Labs has introduced a water-based test which will allow food, feed and grain producers to test for Zearalenone without using organic solvents.

The AgraStrip Total Zearalenone Quantitative WATEX test kit removes the need to use solvents such as methanol, which are expensive, flammable, and must be disposed as hazardous waste.

It has a quantitation range of 0-1000ppb, a limit of detection of 30.2ppb and a time-to-results of eight minutes.

The firm said no filtration or centrifugation step is needed because all test kits include extraction equipment.

The all-in-one extraction enables testing for Aflatoxins and Zearalenone, out of the same sample extract and with dissolvable and pre-weighed extraction buffer bags no buffer preparations steps are needed.

Zearalenone is described chemically as a phenolic resorcyclic acid lactone, according to the European Mycotoxins Awareness Network.

It may be produced in wheat, barley, rice, maize, and other cereals and other food crops and can survive into consumer products. 

Michael Prinster, CEO of Romer Labs America, said it is first on the market with this type of test.

“Additionally our customers will benefit from our unique all-in-one extraction that enables to test for Aflatoxins and Zearalenone out of the same extraction.”  

Romer Labs said the AgraStrip WATEX test kit line will also be expanded to cover regulated mycotoxins. 

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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