USDA-GIPSA approval for Romer Labs Fumonisin Test Kit

The AgraStrip® Total Fumonisin WATEX® test receives approval after passing USDA-GIPSA performance criteria evaluation.

Getzersdorf, Austria, July 25, 2017 – AgraStrip® Total Fumonisin WATEX® tests have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) for official testing of total fumonisin in the U.S. national grain inspection system.

The AgraStrip® WATEX® test kits are ready-to-use lateral flow devices (LFD) for on-site testing. They are available for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2), deoxynivalenol, zearalenone and fumonisins (B1, B2, B3) and allow a rapid analysis of a wide range of food and feed samples in an assay time of only three minutes.

With the eco-friendly One for All WATEX® extraction, only one single water-based sample extract is required for the analysis of multiple mycotoxins.

“This recent USDA-GIPSA approval confirms once again their accuracy and robustness which makes AgraStrip® WATEX® the product of choice for simple, fast and eco-friendly mycotoxin detection.” says Phillip Gruber, Product Manager at Romer Labs.

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About the GIPSA Mycotoxin Test Kit Evaluation (MTKE) Program

The MTKE program is one of the toughest mycotoxin test kit performance evaluations in existence. It uses naturally contaminated samples which are unknown to the submitter, thereby taking the impact of sample specific matrix effects into consideration. The performance criteria of each analyte are defined by GIPSA and documented in official performance criteria sheets.
The kits are tested by three different GIPSA staff member operators. Each operator conducts seven tests per contamination level. Each operator must use a different kit lot. At least 20 out of 21 (95%) results for each concentration level must be within the acceptable range. The samples used are unknown to the kit manufacturer. Additionally, an extensive internal study must be submitted to GIPSA.