Waters Corp., Milford, Mass., introduced a new, lateral flow strip test for the rapid detection of aflatoxin M1 in raw milk at the processing facility or in the dairy laboratory.
Afla M1-V is designed for use with the quantitative VICAM Vertu lateral flow reader. Dairy farms, processors and laboratories are able to obtain precise numerical results for aflatoxin M1 in just 12 minutes, covering the critical range of 50-750 parts per trillion (ppt). Afla M1-V employs a fast, simple sample filtration, which replaces lengthy extraction or centrifuge processing, reducing overall test time. Users are able to comply with both internal quality guidelines and strict export regulatory limits worldwide.
Aflatoxin M1 is the highly toxic byproduct of the metabolism of aflatoxin B1 following consumption by the dairy cow. Aflatoxin B1 is introduced through feed rations, which contain a contaminated grain or forage, and is converted into aflatoxin M1 at a rate of 1-2%. Classified as a Group 2B Carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and regulated at extremely low levels by the EU, aflatoxin M1 may not exceed 50 ppt in milk for adult human consumption, while the limit is even lower for infants and children (25 ppt).