|CONTACT: Ed Bradley, Vice President, Food Safety, 517/372-9200|
LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2012 — The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has verified the performance of another of Neogen’s simple and accurate tests or aflatoxin. GIPSA’s approval of Neogen’s Reveal® Q+ for Afl atoxin enables the simple fully quantitative lateral flow strip test to be used for official testing in the national grain inspection system.
Neogen’s Reveal® Q+ for Aflatoxn 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 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-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. Our newly approved test will be especially useful to those for whom speed is of the essence.”
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 reader provides 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.
Aflatoxin is considered by many to be the most potent, naturally-occurring carcinogen. The toxin is a by-product of mold growth in a wide range of commodities, including corn.
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. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division markets a complete line of diagnostics, veterinary instruments, veterinary pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, disinfectants, and rodenticides.
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