Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today announced VICAM, a Waters Business, now offers a single extraction method for the detection of aflatoxins and fumonisins in corn and grain. The Afla-V AQUA and Fumo-V AQUA provide quantitative results in only five-minutes (after extraction/sample prep).
The simple, one-step, water-based process eliminates solvent use completely. Extraction is performed using a simple, environmentally safe solution which requires no special handling, mixing or blending.
Traditional testing methods often require individual extraction procedures for each toxin, some requiring the use of costly chemicals such as methanol, a chemical solvent which requires special storage and handling. In addition, specialized shipping often adds to the expense and complexity of on-site mycotoxin detection.
In contrast, the Afla-VAQUA and Fumo-V AQUA tests can be run on the same sample extract, reducing time, effort and consumables cost.
“Afla-V AQUA and Fumo-V AQUA are designed to make mycotoxin monitoring more accessible by enabling early detection and quantitation while also eliminating the dependence on chemicals that may be difficult to obtain, store and use in a safe manner,” said Marjorie Radlo-Zandi, Managing Director, VICAM.
Afla-V AQUA and Fumo-V AQUA are now both available worldwide.
Aflatoxins are naturally occurring chemical byproducts of mold species, which are natural inhabitants of crop soils. Severe rain and drought can encourage aflatoxin production, and once released, aflatoxin and other mycotoxins are difficult to manage and nearly impossible to destroy.
Aflatoxin B1 is classified as a Group I carcinogen and is highly toxic even at very low concentrations.
The USDA, FDA, EU, and other international government agencies impose specific regulations and guidelines for acceptable levels of mycotoxins. Producers and exporters use on-site and laboratory testing to ensure regulatory compliance and to protect human and animal health from illnesses associated with mycotoxins, including cancer and feed refusal in animals.
Fumonisins are mycotoxins produced by the fungus Fusarium moniliforme. F. moniliforme is a frequent, almost universal, inhabitant of corn. Fumonisin B1, B2 and B3 are present in most corn samples tested, often totaling greater than 1 ppm. Fumonisin is thought to cause equine leukoencephalomalacia in horses, swine pulmonary edema, and human esophageal cancer.
The FDA/USDA Working Group on Fumonisin advises less than 4 ppm for products for human consumption, less than 5 mg/kg in horse feed, less than 10 mg/kg for swine feed, and less than 50 mg/kg for cattle feed.