When detecting mycotoxins in food, speed is a decisive factor. It is essential that the analysis can be performed on-site within a minimum of time. Now there is a new solution for mycotoxin analysis: a smartphone app. We’ll show you what it’s all about and what the differences are to common lateral flow readers.
Anyone who is responsible for testing food for mycotoxins knows: Time matters and waiting a long time for the test results or sending samples to a laboratory just isn’t possible during the operating process. When a fresh delivery of grain arrives, you have to know immediately if the product is contaminated. That’s why speed is just as important as reliability when it comes to analyzing mycotoxins. Accordingly, a rapid test is usually used for on-site analysis rather than an ELISA or HPLC test.
Mycotoxin rapid tests
The fastest way to detect mycotoxins in food is with a so-called lateral flow test. This is an immuno-chromatographic rapid test in the form of a strip test. It is based on an antigen-antibody reaction: If mycotoxins are present in the sample, a red band will appear on the test strip. Based on the colour, you can read the result with the naked eye or analyze it with a reader device.
Lateral flow tests or lateral flow devices (LFDs) are widely used because they offer many advantages: