The term “mycotoxin” refers to a family of toxic secondary metabolites produced by moulds. While hundreds of mycotoxins exist in nature, only a select few are relevant to the agro-food industry: aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, fumonisins, ochratoxin, T-2 and HT-2 toxins and zearalenone. Studies estimate that mycotoxins affect more than 25% of the world’s food, and the issues caused by these contaminants can have a big impact on livestock as well.
When animals consume feed containing mycotoxins, they not only become ill, but it triggers a domino-effect across the whole livestock industry, whereby contaminated foods of animal origin, such as milk, pose a risk to human health, resulting in large economic losses. These compounds have reportedly been associated with various human and animal diseases and are unfortunately a well-established threat to grains and other commodities.
Mycotoxins concern not only grains, coffee, cocoa, wine and spices, but are also prevalent in the dairy industry, particularly aflatoxin M1. Concern has also been growing in respect to new toxins and isoforms, namely ‘masked mycotoxins’, that have been discovered in recent years.
Mycotoxin ELISA Kits
We provide a comprehensive portfolio of ELISA test kits to meet all your needs for reliable and effective mycotoxin analysis in cereals, feed, wine, coffee, spices and nuts, as well as internationally renowned ELISA kits for aflatoxin M1 in milk and dairy products.
Automation: Multiple mycotoxin assays can also be run by automatic analysers and have been validated for The BOLTTM, a compact, user-friendly ELISA robot that can create considerable savings.
Aflatoxin Testing in milk with an AOAC PTM: I’screen AFLA M1 Milk ELISA Kit
The I’screen AFLA M1 Milk is a quantitative immunoassay for the analysis of aflatoxin M1. The kit has been granted AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested MethodsSM status (AOAC Certificate No. 072002) for use with raw bovine whole milk, skim milk and powdered milk.
The limit of detection (LOD) is 5 ng/L for liquid milk and 50 ng/L for milk powder. Its sensitivity allows the detection of aflatoxin M1 at concentrations below the regulatory limits set by the European Union. The assay is compliant with the ISO 14675:2003 (IDF 186:2003) guideline. I’screen AFLA M1 Milk Product Page
Key Benefits of Different Mycotoxins Screening Tools
- B ZERO®: ELISA test kits for low analytical volumes, no calibration curve; results in less than 30 min
- Celer®: fast ELISA kits for rapid screening. All Celer® assays are validated on The The BoltTM automated ELISA system.
- I’Screen: accurate, precise, high sensitive ELISA test kits with low detection limits
- Aflatoxin M1
- Total B and G aflatoxins
- Ochratoxin A
- Patulin NEW!
- T-2 and HT-2 toxins
We are also offering Control Materials for Mycotoxin testing. Please contact us for product availability.
For the majority of regulated mycotoxins, we offer an extensive portfolio of mycotoxin immunoaffinity columns. Our SENSIColumn IACs are simple and reliable sample purification solutions.
Key Benefits of the IACs
- Excellent flow behaviour
- Highly specific purification with monoclonal antibodies
- Availability of specific columns and “combi” columns for mycotoxin groups
- Wide range of applications for various matrices
- Multi-analyte IACs for LC-MS/MS application
- Long shelf-life
- Fast (15-30 mins)