Mycotoxin Tests

ROSA Lateral Flow Mycotoxin Strips

Charm manufactures a variety of ROSA (Rapid One Step Assay) tests to detect mycotoxins (aflatoxin, DON/vomitoxin, fumonisin, ochratoxin, T2/HT2, and zearalenone) in feed and grain. Utilizing innovative ROSA technology, Charm lateral flow mycotoxin tests are easy to use and provide rapid, quantitative results. All ROSA mycotoxin tests follow a similar assay format and can be read on the same equipment.

Test results from ROSA strips may be read and officially recorded using the Charm EZ-M system. To learn about Charm’s mycotoxin tests, download the Complete Mycotoxin Guide.

Charm II Aflatoxin Kits

Charm II tests run on the Charm II system and are designed for use by veterinarians, laboratory personnel, and regulatory personnel. They provide a comprehensive analysis of biological residues on multiple matrices and meet EU MRLs and US FDA Safe Levels.

Charm II tests use a binding reagent with specific receptor sites. Add the binder to a sample along with an exempt amount of labeled tracer. Any drugs in the sample compete for the binding sites with this tracer. The amount of tracer that binds to the receptor sites is measured and compared to a previously determined Control Point. The Control Point is the cutoff point between a negative or positive sample. The greater the amount of tracer measured, the lower the drug concentration in the sample. The smaller the amount of tracer measured, the greater the drug concentration in the sample.

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What Are Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by certain types of molds and fungi, which threatens our food supply. Mycotoxin contamination can occur during crop harvest, drying, or grain storage. Mycotoxins survive food processing and are chemically stable. 

The most problematic mycotoxins that pose a concern to livestock and human health are aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON/vomitoxin), fumonisin, ochratoxin, T-2/HT-2, and zearalenone.

Mold infection of crops both before and after harvest causes mycotoxins to appear in the food chain. Exposure to mycotoxins can occur indirectly from animals fed contaminated feed or directly by consumers eating infected food.

What Are the Impacts of Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins can cause various adverse health effects to livestock, pets, and humans. These adverse health effects can range from long-term consequences such as cancer and immune deficiency to acute poisoning.

Mycotoxins cause a toxic response known as mycotoxicosis when ingested by humans or animals. Common diseases related to mycotoxicosis include neurological and immune disorders, various hemorrhagic syndromes, hepatic diseases, alimentary toxic aleukia, various types of cancer, and nephropathy. Mycotoxins also weaken the immune system, which may lead to secondary infections.

In animals, mycotoxin can cause feed rejection and reproduction issues, along with a slew of other problems that are not conducive to farm or food production.

Who Needs to Test for Mycotoxins?

Anyone involved in the production, evaluation, storage, or transportation of feed and grains:

  • Pet food suppliers: Testing for mycotoxins will ensure animal health while supporting your economic growth as an animal feed or pet food supplier. 
  • Grain elevators: Early detection of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and mycotoxins in grain elevators helps you make a sound decision on whether or not to reject or segregate a delivery. 
  • Feed & Grain Mills: If you work in a Feed & Grain Mill, you want to feel confident when testing your products for mycotoxins so you can make an objective decision when routing loads of grain. 
  • Grain production manufacturers: Testing for mycotoxins will ensure grains comply with regulations and will not threaten the health of humans or animals.
  • Food & Beverage manufacturers that use grains as a raw material: Food & Beverage manufacturers must ensure their products comply with legal requirements and are toxicologically safe. 
  • Grain inspection agencies: These agencies can mitigate possible health risks through the proper mycotoxin testing, drying, inspection, and storage of their grain. 

 

    How Can You Test for Mycotoxins?

    Charm Sciences designs mycotoxin testing kits that yield precise results on-site and at point-of-receipt, thereby eliminating the delay and cost of sending samples out for testing.

    Charm Sciences provides a complete solution for evaluating the toxicity levels of your grain while keeping everything moving at optimal speed. 

    What Grains Can Be Tested for Mycotoxin?

    Mycotoxin analysis is an appropriate and necessary risk-management measure when handling, producing, or processing crops such as the following:

    • Peanut seed and groundnut
    • Wheat middlings or wheat midds
    • Wheat and wheat flour
    • Corn gluten feed 
    • Corn and cornflour
    • Barley
    • Maize
    • Sorghum
    • Millet
    • Rice 
    • Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS)

    What Mycotoxins Do We Test for and Why?

    Charm Sciences offers the following mycotoxin testing kits:

    • Aflatoxin TestsThese tests enable feed & grain producers to detect aflatoxin, a type of poisonous mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus species. 
    • DON Tests: Vomitoxin or deoxynivalenol (DON) is a mycotoxin produced by many species of Fusarium fungi.
    • Fumonisin TestsThese tests allow for the detection of fumonisin. This mycotoxin can have significant health effects on livestock.
    • Ochratoxin TestsProduced by the molds Aspergillus and Penicillium, ochratoxin is known to cause nephropathy in farm animals.
    • T-2 and HT-2 Toxin TestsThese toxins are found in oats, wheat, maize, barley, and other grains.
    • Zearalenone TestsThese mycotoxin testing kits test for zearalenone, a major Fusarium mycotoxin.

    Why Choose Charm Mycotoxin Tests?

    Charm Sciences mycotoxin options are FGIS approved and hosts the most extensive list of approved commodities in the industry. We offer several data management solutions ranging from local to corporate-wide tracking, tracing, and trending.

    Charm is the diagnostics testing supplier of choice and the global leader in manufacturing rapid tests to detect sanitation risks, microbes, toxins, and residues in a wide range of industries. 

    As such, we offer 24-hour customer support and have Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS)-approved methods for our mycotoxin product line. FGIS ensures the integrity of inspection and is responsible for the handling and weighing of American grain, including mixed grain, sunflower seed, triticale, soybeans, sorghum, flaxseed, barley, oats, rye, wheat, and corn. 

    Our team is committed to helping you provide the highest quality products and services while protecting your product and brand. We develop sanitation and food safety diagnostic solutions to prevent microbiological and chemical challenges in farm-to-table food production applications.