Since the early 1990’s GIPSA has responded to the need for fast, reliable testing for mycotoxins in grains and oilseeds. Since the program’s inception the needs of the industry have changed and the expansion of testing to include additional mycotoxins as well as biotechnology-derived traits in grains and oilseeds was warranted. Currently the program certifies rapid test kits for the quantitative or qualitative determination of aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, fumonisin, ochratoxin, zearalenone, and numerous biotechnology derived traits.
Quantitative Mycotoxin Rapid Test Kits
Quantitative test kits for aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, fumonisin, and zearalenone must meet GIPSA's Design Criteria and Test Performance Specifications in order to be used in the official inspection and weighing system. GIPSA provides performance evaluations on quantitative test kits for manufacturers seeking approval of their product. If a test kit meets the criteria for quantitative determination of mycotoxin in grains, oilseeds, and processed-grain products, the test kit receives a Certificate of Conformance and can be used in the Official Inspection System.
GIPSA's Test Kit Verification Program meets the grain industry's demand for accurate and reliable qualitative mycotoxin and biotechnology event testing. Under the program, test kit manufacturers can submit their product for GIPSA verification of performance claims for qualitative rapid tests to detect the presence of mycotoxins and/or biotechnology events in grain and oilseeds, and receive a Certificate of Performance for test kits meeting these claims.