Press Release

USDA-FGIS Awards 5 Year Contract for Vomitoxin Tests to Charm Sciences

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) awarded Charm a five-year contract to use the ROSA DONQ2 Quantitative Test to monitor vomitoxin (DON) in feed and grains. USDA-FGIS operates and oversees official grain inspection services throughout the United States and will use the DONQ2 test for official vomitoxin (DON) testing. USDA-FGIS used Charm to test for vomitoxin over the last five years as well, first with Charm’s ROSA FAST5 DON test, and then with the DONQ2 test.

“Charm is excited to be awarded the DON contract for another five years to test grains in the FGIS’s testing program,” said Mark Tess, Ph.D., Mycotoxin Product Manager at Charm Sciences. “The DONQ2 test is FGIS approved for 21 commodities and the 2-minute incubation time allows for rapid measurement to meet the demands of the program.”

The DONQ2 test utilizes Charm’s patented Rapid One Step Assay (ROSA) technology to quantitate DON in just two minutes. The easy-to-run test uses water as the extraction solvent. Like all of Charm’s ROSA mycotoxin tests, the DONQ2 test can be read and recorded using the all-in-one Charm EZ-M system.

About Charm Sciences

Established in 1978 in Greater Boston, Charm Sciences helps protect consumers, manufacturers, and global brands from a variety of issues through the development of food safety, water quality, and environmental diagnostics tests and equipment. Selling directly and through its network of distributors, Charm’s products serve the dairy, feed and grain, food and beverage, water, healthcare, environmental, and industrial markets in more than 100 countries around the globe.