VICAM Introduces a Rapid, Solvent-free Method for Zearalenone Detection
Zearala-V AQUA Delivers Accurate Quantitative Results in a Matter of Minutes
MILFORD, Mass. – June 5, 2018–Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) announced VICAM™, a Waters™ Business, introduced a new user-friendly lateral flow zearalenone strip test. The Zearala-V AQUA™ uses the proven sensitivity and selectivity of VICAM’s monoclonal antibodies to accurately detect and measure zearalenone at levels as low as 0.1 ppm and as high as 5.0 ppm. Zearala-V AQUA eliminates the need for organic solvents using a water-based dilution-free extraction. The sample preparation procedure saves time and materials, and the test strip develops in just 5 minutes. Digital results are displayed on the Vertu® Lateral Flow reader, eliminating the need for subjective visual interpretation.
Zearalenone is a unique mycotoxin in that it is chemically similar to estrogen and results in serious reproductive and health risks in pigs and ruminant animals. Studies have shown that contamination of swine feed, for example, even at very low levels (1 ppm), can inhibit or halt embryo growth, reduce fertility and impact the overall health and well-being of livestock animals. There is also a risk of exposure in the human diet, as zearalenone may remain stable even after being exposed to processing.
Traditional laboratory-based methods of zearalenone monitoring can take a substantial amount of time and resources to complete. The Zearala-V AQUA enables on-site monitoring that provides precise quantitative results minutes after sample extraction. This allows farm, storage and feed processing environments to ensure higher productivity while reducing unexpected contamination from zearalenone.
“Field-based, solvent-free detection provides an environmentally sustainable method for the detection of mycotoxins, particularly zearalenone, for food and agriculture,” said Marjorie Radlo-Zandi, Managing Director, VICAM. “The release of the Zearala-V AQUA is just the latest example of VICAM’s commitment to purposeful innovation; we now offer a complete line-up of solvent-free, fully quantitative detection methods for all major mycotoxins.”
About VICAM, A Waters Business (www.vicam.com)
VICAM is a world-leading provider of mycotoxin testing solutions. Since 1985, VICAM has been dedicated to developing USDA- and AOAC-approved rapid tests for mycotoxins. VICAM’s mycotoxin test kits offer a choice of rapid qualitative screening and quantitative test methods for a wide variety of mycotoxins. Around the world, VICAM products are used with confidence by customers who trust our commitment to extending the value of those products with unmatched service and support. We guarantee satisfaction with expert technical assistance and top-of-the-line customer care through a global scientific and distribution network that develops, markets, sells, and services our products in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.vicam.com or call +1.508.482.4935.
About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)
Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) develops and manufactures advanced analytical and material science technologies for laboratory dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry, and thermal analysis systems.
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