USDA-GISPA (FGIS) AWARDS VICAM MAJOR BID FOR AFLATOXIN TEST KITS

 

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USDA-GISPA (FGIS) AWARDS VICAM MAJOR BID FOR AFLATOXIN TEST KITS

Choice of AflaTest® by federal regulatory body bodes very well for Massachusetts global biotech firm


Watertown, MA, USA and MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA (October 22, 2004) –– VICAM, a world leader in agricultural biotechnology and bioseparations, announced that their patented AflaTest® columns have been chosen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Grain Inspection Protection Service Association (GIPSA) as the test kit of choice when testing grains for aflatoxin. The bid  (SOLICITATION NUMBER 037-M-APHIS-04) called for a rapid easy-to-use test, with accurate results in parts per billion, and which requires no special storage or transportation. VICAM won this bid by meeting these requirements and offering a patented, AOAC-approved product backed by outstanding sales support and superior technical service.


Marjorie Radlo, VICAM Executive Vice President said, "When one is viewed as a leader, one is chosen by leaders. With a full roster of trusted mycotoxin and microbiological products, VICAM maintains a strong global leadership position in food safety. The USDA leads the US in setting grain standards, and is emulated worldwide. Thus, I am delighted, yet not surprised, that these 2 leaders sought one another out and entered into a mutually-beneficial relationship. This important partnership will benefit the purity of grain in the worldwide food supply. When factoring in the global emulation of the USDA standards, I project that the award of this USDA bid could potentially yield VICAM an additional $1.2 million in sales over the next 5 years "


"We at VICAM are pleased that the USDA-GIPSA has bestowed its trust on VICAM and the AflaTest product,” said Jim Cary, VICAM National Sales Manager. “The USDA's choice to mandate AflaTest for monitoring the US grain crop and US grain exports speaks volumes about the regard for VICAM in public, private, and international sectors. Other companies and organizations, which need to comply with government food and grain safety regulations, now have every reason to use the same test used by the regulators themselves."


"VICAM's full line of mycotoxin and microbiological test kits have enjoyed the preference of Latin American food and feed producers for many years,” said Diego Montemayor, VICAM Latin American Territory Manager. “The fact that the USDA has mandated use of VICAM’s AflaTest at its grain inspection sites only reinforces the confidence that both private industry and governments in Latin America have historically placed in all of the VICAM products."


Speaking of the USDA-GIPSA (FGIS) choice of VICAM's AflaTest, Karl Jackson, USDA-GIPSA Mycotoxin and Protein Coordinator, said, “The FGIS means quality to our customers. We want to use a quality test that can save our customers time, and ensure quality results.”


About Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin, a toxin from a naturally occurring mold, is a Group 1 carcinogen proven to cause cancer in humans. Throughout the world, there are significant regulations on the presence of aflatoxins in food, feed, and grain. The US federal government action level for aflatoxin is 20 ppb (parts per billion).

About AflaTest

AflaTest from VICAM is the trusted aflatoxin test that produces precise numerical results. Using monoclonal affinity chromatography, AflaTest can isolate aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2 from feeds, foods and grains at levels as low as 0.1 ppb and as high as 300 ppb.  It can be performed in less than 10 minutes and requires no special skills.  Results may be recorded using a digital fluorometer readout with automatic printing devices.  AflaTest is also ideal as the cleanup step for any HPLC analysis. 

About USDA-GIPSA

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) establishes the Official Standards for Grain, which are used each and every day by sellers and buyers to communicate the type and quality of grain bought and sold. FGIS also establishes standard testing methodologies to accurately  and consistently measure grain quality. Finally, the program provides for the impartial application of these grades and standards through a network  of Federal, State, and private inspection agencies known as the official system.

About VICAM

VICAM is a world leader in agricultural biotechnology and bioseparations. VICAM delivers improved animal reproductivity, increased agricultural productivity, and safeguarded food quality with patented bioseparations and detection products worldwide. Their products include detection, measurement, and separations technologies for veterinary reproductive applications, food borne carcinogens, and living cells. To date, VICAM has applied its technologies to 19 products and 3 prototypes. VICAM supports a global scientific and distribution presence to develop, market, sell, and service their products in 99 countries worldwide. For more information, contact Jennifer Smith at VICAM, 313 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 U.S.A. Tel: +1.617.926.7045 Fax: +1.617.923.8055


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