Charm Sciences releases aflatoxin test

By | July 15, 2010
Aflatoxin testing just got easier after Charm Sciences Inc., a food and feed safety diagnostics company, released its new system. A group of chemicals produced by certain fungi, aflatoxins can ruin the quality of grains, food and feed if not properly monitored or controlled. The trademarked Rosa Best Aflatoxin P/N Test for Corn uses an alcohol-free solution and has attained USDA certification for aflatoxin detection in corn at 10 and 20 parts per billion. A non-toxic and non-flammable system, the Rosa Best process ensures low environmental impact and reduced storage, shipping and disposal costs, according to the company. Although the test cannot currently be used for distillers grains, a company announcement explained, "If ethanol producers are aware of the test, and believe that they would benefit from a strip test with a water-based extraction for DDGS, we would then start working on validating the test to make it useful for their purposes."