Neogen’s rapid tests for fumonisin can screen a wide variety of grain and grain product samples at 5 ppm, or provide fully quantitative results in the range of 50 to 600 ppb (high sensitivity test), or 0.5 to 6 ppm.
Fumonisins are a family of mycotoxins produced by the molds Fusarium moniliforme and F. proliferatum. These molds commonly infect corn (in fact, they are considered ubiquitous in corn) and rice, hence the potential for fumonisins to be found in feed and foodstuffs is high. Fumonisins affect various animals differently and have been linked to esophageal cancer in humans. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies fumonisins as Category II-B carcinogens. Horses are extremely sensitive to low amounts of fumonisin, which can cause leukoencephalomalcia (liquefaction of the brain). In swine, research has shown fumonisin attacks the cardiopulmonary system causing pulmonary edema, as well as liver and pancreatic lesions. The FDA has issued guidelines for total fumonisins (FB1+FB2+FB3) in corn and corn by-products in food and animal feeds.
Neogen’s Agri-Screen® natural toxin kits are screening tests that compare up to five samples at a time against a known level of toxin. The tests provide visible results that clearly show whether a sample contains more or less of a toxin than the control provided.
Neogen’s Reveal® Q+ (quantitative) screening kits for fumonisin are extremely easy-to-use and interpret test strips that screen samples against set thresholds.
Neogen’s Veratox® for Fumonisin kits are quantitative tests that compare up to 19 samples at a time against test controls. Through the use of a microwell reader, the tests provide accurate sample results in parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb).