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Reusable Aflatoxin Affinity Columns
AflaPure Alfatoxin Total and AflaPure Aflatoxin M1 Column Kits can be used up to three times to detect aflatoxin in a variety of food matrices. These ready-to-use columns contain immobilized antibodies that specifically bind aflatoxins, allowing for purification of aflatoxins from sample matrix impurities. The purified samples are ready for sensitive, quantitative analysis using either HPLC or ELISA analysis. The AflaPure Total Column Kit is designed for determining aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2) from various food samples including corn, nuts, peanut butter, and spices. AflaPure M1 Column Kit detects aflatoxin M1 in milk. Each kit includes 25 columns. Bioo Scientific, 888-208-2246, www.biooscientific.com.
Food Safety Chain Management System
The next generation version of SafetyChain for Food provides new enhancements to further automate, streamline, and improve FSQA. New levels of granularity have been added to how FSQA processes are defined in the system—including ability to define every criteria, for every test—and associated corrective/preventive actions based upon results. Enhancements can provide more flexibility for the ways in which suppliers, as part of a company’s approved vendor program, can upload FSQA documents, do document approval online, fill out/submit forms, and maintain a secure online dialog. In addition, SafetyChain Mobile will now also evaluate safety and quality test results in real time via mobile. SafetyChain Software, 888-235-7540, www.safetychain.com.
Lab Management System
NuGenesis Lab Management System provides an alternative to a traditional Laboratory Information Management System. New advances include NuGenesis SampleShare, an optional, secure web-client for sample submissions and results management; NuGenesis Stability, a stability protocol management and testing solution to facilitate a consistent regimented workflow across lab operations; NuGenesis Connectors, a bidirectional link between lab systems and business applications; and Paradigm Scientific Search, an integrated scientific search solution for text, documents, and science objects. Combining synergistic data, workflow, and sample management capabilities to support the entire product lifecycle, the system is a user-centric platform that encompasses a Scientific Data Management System, Electronic Laboratory Notebook, and Laboratory Execution System. Waters Corp., 800-252-4752, www.waters.com.
IMS for E. coli STEC
Captivate O45 is the newest addition to the Captivate range of immunomagnetic separation products. It comprises magnetic particles coated with specific antibody and is intended for the concentration of E. coli O45 from food, animal feed, beverages, pharmaceutical, or environmental samples. The Captivate O45 separates E. coli O45 from background flora in a sample, ensuring that only organisms having O45 antigens are captured. Particle-organism complexes can then be easily inoculated to specific microbiological culture media. Lab M, www.labm.com.
PCR Assay for Genus Listeria
The BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Genus Listeria can be used as a quick and reliable method for detecting Listeria in a variety of products and has been validated on frankfurters, cooked shrimp, spinach, queso fresco cheese, and environmental surfaces. The assay provides additional flexibility by allowing customers to test for both Listeria and Salmonella in the same batch, with results for both organisms in a little over an hour. DuPont Nutrition & Health, www.fooddiagnostics.dupont.com.