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18th November 2014  Content supplied by: Eurofins

Eurofins rapidust® First On-site Test System for Mycotoxins

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), the global leader in food and feed testing, announces the launch of rapidust®, the first on-site test system for mycotoxins, including both representative sampling of grain lots and rapid analysis, to provide broader risk protection across the grain industry regarding mycotoxin contaminations.

Representative sampling is the key success factor for the correct assessment of a grain lot, as mycotoxins usually occur heterogeneously distributed throughout the lot. Reliable results at reasonable time effort are crucial to allow for fast and effective quality management in grain trading and processing. The rapidust®system entirely fulfills these requirements.

In contrast to conventional time- and labour-intensive grain sampling methods, the patented rapidust® procedure1 is based on dust sampling and analysis. Based on the proven fact that the contamination of the overall grain lot and its dust particles can be correlated, Eurofins now offers its customers unique certainty on the mycotoxin contamination of large grain lots within minutes. Representative dust samples can be easily taken with the mobile or fixed process integrated rapidust® sampling device, wherever grain is handled and transported - at the lorry, silo, ship or as an in-process control. Without any grinding the dust is directly extracted and analysed on-site by means of the rapidust® test kits. The results are immediately and reliably calculated for the entire grain lot by the rapidust® app. Thanks to an easily understandable traffic-light system, fast decisions on approval of grain lots and process control can be taken.

The rapidust® service is rounded off with customised system installation services, conventional on-site sampling services and the full access to the comprehensive portfolio of screening and confirmatory methods in the Eurofins laboratories under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation.

With rapidust® Eurofins complements its comprehensive lab-based Risk-Orientated Mycotoxin and Biotoxin Testing2 package with an on-site product portfolio. Entering into the first test market Eurofins now offers customers full service for mycotoxin management along the grain value chain.

The Group's Competence Centre for Mycotoxin and Biotoxin Testing in Hamburg has been a pioneer in developing highly sensitive and innovative methods for trace amount detection of mycotoxins and biotoxins in food and feed for more than 20 years.

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Date Published: 18th November 2014

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