Changing the face of rapid analytical methods: Improving workflow, throughput, and performance
Sponsored by VICAM
Breakthrough advances in mycotoxin detection are equipping field, process and laboratory operations for greater speed, sustainability and economy across the food and agricultural supply chain. Their extreme toxicity and ability to survive even strenuous processing techniques such as high temperature or pressure, places mycotoxins in a uniquely high-risk group of contaminants. Early detection testing that takes place prior to raw material acceptance into storage or for immediate processing enables quality managers to make real-time decisions regarding suitability for use within their facility. The value of a preventive approach is most visible when considering the cost to dispose of raw materials that have contaminated an entire handling system or storage bin, or worse, have been processed and incorporated into finished food or feed. Rapid, antibody-based strip tests from VICAM offer a complete, streamlined approach to preventive monitoring that allows fully quantitative results for up to 6 mycotoxins in less than 10 minutes. The Vertu Myco 5-in-1 PLUS approach reduces test time and consumables use up to 77% and features an industry-leading 30-second extraction. Once products are ready for quality and safety verification, laboratory methods using LC or LC-MS/MS for detection provide time-critical results using fewer inputs, less time and more comprehensive and quantitative measurement of mycotoxins.
QualiT™ - Sample preparation and quality assurance tools for mycotoxin analysis
Sponsored by R-Biopharm and Trilogy Analytical Laboratory
Mycotoxin contaminations of food and feed have a huge economic impact. Mycotoxin contaminations of crops are unavoidable, but mycotoxins can be managed. During the entire process from field to food or feed critical steps can be identified to monitor mycotoxins. It is well known that sampling plays an important role in the reliability of your result. Less well known is the influence of the sample preparation: sample grinding and sample size may have a big effect on the variabilities in your result. We will show results from different studies with cereal samples containing aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, and zearalenone. To eliminate matrix effects a clean-up of the sample is necessary. For some samples a simple extraction is sufficient, but for other samples solid phase extraction / immunoaffinty extraction can make a big difference. But that is just one part of the story. You want to be sure you are making the correct decisions as well. QualiT™ is a toolbox developed by Trilogy Analytical Laboratory for quality control in mycotoxin analysis. QualiT™ offers (certified) reference materials, both as pure material and as well as naturally contaminated materials, quality control materials and analytical standards. Besides that, Trilogy offers additional useful tools for sample preparation and sample clean-up and knowledge database, collecting 20 years of experience as an (ISO 17025 accredited) food testing lab.