The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has issued another Certificate of Performance for the QuickTox Kit for DON, expanding its use into corn testing, along with its already-certified performance in wheat.
This QuickTox Kit continues to be a popular and cost-effective solution for grain handlers everywhere who need to perform rapid screening for DON. With no special equipment required, no filtering, and no toxic solvents, the QuickTox Kit offers accurate, reliable, easy-to-read results for a 2 ppm screen in corn or wheat within five minutes.
"Ours is the markets only qualitative test at 2 ppm, the screening level commonly used in grain handling and first point-of-contact environments," said Simon Varney, Product Manager. "Detection at 2 ppm complements the products capacity to also screen grain at 1 and 0.5 ppm. The test extracts with tap water, offers the shortest shake time available, and requires no instrumentation."
Deoxynivalenol (DON), also called vomitoxin, is a natural mycotoxin found in corn, wheat and barley infected by the Fusarium fungus. It is known to reduce the quality and value of bulk grain, pose human health risks in processed foods, and affect the performance of livestock fed DON-contaminated products. Under favorable conditions, DON levels may increase in storage.
Owing to these negative consequences, combined with DONs widening geographical occurrence, grain handlers, mills, malters, and ethanol plants will need to perform DON testing more regularly. The QuickTox Kit offers a rapid on-site solution to the need for accurate segregation decisions for corn, wheat and barley.