Posted: 21st March 2018
With the profit margins being squeezed along the supply chain, food producers and suppliers need to look for opportunities to reduce costs and streamline processes.
Mycotoxin testing is an essential part of producing grains or corn for example. So, it is a cost that will not go away. But, the costs for routine mycotoxin testing can be reduced.
One way is to simply swap to using a rapid test at one or all of the following testing points. Ultimately, the use of rapid tests is to save time with testing samples, get rapid results to aid faster decision making and to save the amount of money being spent on testing for mycotoxins.
It’s important to make sure that your crop is grown without the presence of mycotoxin. Several factors can encourage the growth of mycotoxins so rapid tests allow for quick screening.
You’ve grown your crop and no mycotoxins have been detected at unacceptable levels. But, the risk of doesn’t end there. The potential damage caused during harvest could encourage the onset of mycotoxins. Several in-process screening with a rapid test could be the answer to ensure crops move on to the next stage without high levels of mycotoxins.
Testing moisture levels, and cleaning in order to remove damaged kernels and other matter should be undertaken as part of crop and mycotoxin management. Screening for mycotoxins with a rapid test at this stage could help to indicate if these activities have been successful.
Air circulation, temperature, damp and pests all need to be monitored in addition to mycotoxins.
A mycotoxin testing rapid test will help save time in and around the other checks going on during storage.
You need to be confident that your crop is going to be delivered with acceptable levels of mycotoxins. At this stage, you may want to opt for the lengthier and more costly laboratory method. But, if a rapid test can do this detection at this stage, time will be saved.
Plus you will be able to get results near to the point when the crop leaves storage en route to processing, rather than testing several hours or a few days prior leaving for processing.
Instead of spending £100s per sample with laboratory methods, using a rapid test can reduce costs significantly. Rapid testing can be performed for less than £10 per sample.
Read our article on how to reduce costs for mycotoxin testing to learn more about the cost benefits of using mycotoxin rapid tests.
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