A Quick Detection for Shellfish Toxins


A portable and inexpensive device was found highly effective for monitoring a range of phycotoxins present in mussels, scallops, oysters, and clams.

Researchers working in the U.K and the U.S. reported in the October issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry the results of their tests of the single-step lateral flow immunoassay designed to detect okadaic acid (OA) and dinophysis toxins (DTXs). The performance of the immunoassay was compared to other more established methods, such as liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and/or a mouse biosassay (MBA), approaches that require samples be sent to and tested at a lab.

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