MDS Analytical enables high-throughput detection of melamine in food

OCTOBER 30, 2008 -- MDS Analytical Technologies (Sunnyvale, CA), announced today that the Abraxis Melamine Detection Kit has been validated for use with its SpectraMax absorbance microplate readers with SoftMax Pro 5 GxP analytical software. With this offering, MDS Analytical promises a cost-effective, high-throughput, quality-assurance solution to detect melamine contamination in such food products as milk, infant formula, pet food, and confectionery.

Melamine, an organic industrial polymer, has recently been found in various foods and, if undetected, may cause serious illness or death. This enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) solution will enable quality-assurance technicians in food-safety laboratories to easily detect the presence of melamine down to 10 parts per billion (ppb).

"Recent stories of melamine-related illnesses and deaths have made melamine contamination a serious concern," said Andy Boorn, President of MDS Analytical Technologies. "The pre-programmed melamine protocol in SoftMax Pro 5 GxP software, combined with our microplate readers, enables us to offer a more-complete high-throughput solution to better address what has become an increasingly important consumer safety issue."

More information:
Application notes on this melamine detection method

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