VICAM Releases New Qualitative Test for Aflatoxin Contamination

Mycotoxin testing leader introduces line of easy-to-use qualitative strip tests

Watertown, MA (April 2008) –– VICAM, a world leader in food safety testing, has expanded their highly successful line of mycotoxin test kits to include a one-step, qualitative strip test for the detection of aflatoxin. AflaCheck™ is a qualitative, one step, competitive immunoassay method for the detection of aflatoxin. AflaCheck provides a reliable and inexpensive first step for testing for the presence of aflaxtoxin without the use of expensive equipment or reagent chemicals.

“AflaCheck is a vital screening test for grain producers, elevators and processors who want to ensure that their product is within acceptable limits for aflatoxin prior to use, storage, delivery and processing,” comments Dr. Stephen Powers, Director of Research and Development for VICAM. “We are pleased to provide this highly reliable, rapid and economical testing solution to our customers in time for their busy harvest season. AflaCheck will save time and money for our customers by providing a reliable and low-cost screening step that fits easily into their current quality assurance protocol.”

Aflatoxin is a potent liver toxin known to cause cancer in animals and humans. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established action levels of 20 parts per billion (ppb) for grain and feed products and 0.5 ppb for milk. The European Union has also established regulations limiting the levels of aflatoxin in various commodities including animal feed, processed cereals and groundnuts. Commodities imported into these regions are subject to inspection, testing and potential rejection or destruction if levels are above the acceptable established limits.

AflaCheck provides fast and accurate, yes or no results for the presence of aflatoxin at levels as low as 10 ppb, with an alternative testing protocol for detecting levels in excess of 20 ppb. This convenient test is easy to use and provides reliable results in as little as 3 minutes, in the field or in the lab, and without the use of expensive equipment or reagent chemicals.

Availability and Pricing

Orders are currently being accepted. Pricing information may be obtained by contacting your local VICAM distributor or VICAM at +1.617.926.7045.

About VICAM, A Waters Business (

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 or call +1.508.482.4935.

About Waters Corporation (

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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Chris Orlando
Public Relations Manager
Waters Corporation

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