Neogen® markets and develops the greatest variety of on-site, rapid, easy-to-use seafood and shellfish tests. Our kits allow companies to test for harmful toxins and residues throughout the supply chain. For example Neogen’s Veratox® histamine tests allow companies that receive raw tuna to verify the quality upon receipt.

Marine biotoxins are produced by harmful algal blooms (HAB) that are unpredictable and can occur worldwide. Seafood and shellfish, if consumed can cause human and wildlife mortality. Due to the high demand for shellfish across the world, and the fact that these toxins cannot be destroyed by heat during cooking, it is vital to test that shellfish are free from toxins.

End product testing is one of the main ways in which shellfish harvesters, growers and processors can demonstrate compliance with their legal obligations. Neogen is the only commercial company to offer both on-site testing for marine biotoxins and external laboratory testing to detect ASP, DSP and PSP toxins.

Neogen’s testing solutions for seafood include:

Lateral Flow Tests

Neogen’s rapid qualitative Reveal 2.0 tests for marine biotoxins make it simple to screen for the presence of ASP, DSP and PSP in shellfish virtually anywhere. In addition, Neogen’s Reveal for Histamine lateral flow test is available to visually screen for low levels of histamine in as little as five minutes.

ELISA Microwell Tests

Neogen’s Veratox for Histamine 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). Additionally, Neogen’s Alert for Histamine kits are screening microwell tests that compare up to five samples at a time against a known level of allergen or toxin.

Contract Laboratory Services

Neogen’s UK based contract service laboratory provides a range of UKAS accredited testing* using quantitative LCMS or HPLC to identify shellfish toxins in a wide range of shellfish. The testing performed is equivalent to the official control methods within the UK & Ireland. In addition, our laboratory provides RT-PCR analysis for the detection of Norovirus in Oysters.

Neogen also offers Alert for Sulfites for easy screening of sulfite residues in shrimp.


*For a full list of our accredited tests, please refer to our schedule available at Contract Laboratory Services.