Lansing’s Neogen Launches Coconut Food Allergen Test Kits

Neogen, a Lansing-based developer of food and animal safety products, has launched two new test kits for coconut allergens, which give results in 5 minutes.
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Neogen coconut test
Neogen has launched two test kits for coconut allergens. // Photo courtesy of Neogen

Neogen, a Lansing-based developer of food and animal safety products, has launched two new test kits for coconut allergens, which give results in 5 minutes.

The company’s Reveal 3-D for Coconut Allergen screens environmental and liquid samples at 1 part per million Veratox for Coconut Allergen provides results in the range of 1 to 25 ppm for testing food and beverage samples.

“Ever since we developed the first commercially available rapid test for a food allergen, now 20 years ago, we have provided our testing customers with their best options to protect their food allergic consumers,” says John Adent, CEO of Neogen. “These new tests will enable our customers to use the same easy-to-use testing methodology to test for the allergens of most concern to the food industry.”

Neogen also offers screening and quantitative food allergen test kits for foods identified by the Food and Drug Administration as being of the most concern, including tests to detect tree nuts (almond, hazelnut, pecan, walnut, cashew, and pistachio), eggs, wheat/gluten, milk, peanuts, soy, crustacea (crab, lobster, and shrimp), and several others.

Neogen’s Reveal 3-D format features three test lines, including an overload detection system designed to ensure highly positive samples are accurately reported. The test screens at 1 ppm coconut protein in environmental samples, clean-in-place rinses, ultra-high temperature processed beverages, and other beverages (e.g., coconut water, sports drinks, milk and enhancers).

The Veratox test is a sandwich enzyme-linked immunoassay (S-ELISA) that requires minimal training and standard laboratory equipment to produce quantitative results in only 30 minutes following extraction. The test provides a method of easily determining if an ingredient or product has been subject to cross-contact with coconut.

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