Biomedal launches test for gluten

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

Biomedal targets gluten detection and quantification
Biomedal has launched an immunochromatographic (lateral flow) test to detect and quantify gluten content in foods.

GlutenTox Sticks Plus for Reader is for items from raw materials to processed and/or heat-processed food, beverages and other consumer products.

It can detect toxic fraction of the prolamins of wheat, rye, barley and some varieties of immunogenic oats that can trigger the immune response in celiac patients.

Gluten detection is in a new format via an immunochromatographic cassette where the sample is applied.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten.

Biomedal gluten
Picture: Biomedal. Example workflow

Results are analyzed with the GlutenTox Reader scanner to get gluten quantification of the sample.

The reader is designed for gluten quantification with the GlutenTox cassettes, based on the combination of an optical detector, an integrated electronic system and a data processing system.

The kit includes twelve units of the immunochromatographic cassettes.

Quantification potential of the reader ranges from 1 to 40 ppm of gluten.

It is also possible to make a visual interpretation differentiating between a positive and a negative result.

Meanwhile, the GlutenTox Pro kit passed an evaluation as part of FAPAS inter-comparative analytical tests.

In FAPAS rounds, reference samples which contain a determined analyte at a specific concentration are analyzed with several kits to evaluate ability to correctly detect its level.

The first sample contained 24 ppm of gluten and the second 41 ppm. The kit found the first sample had gluten content of more than 20 ppm and less than 40 ppm and the second had more than 40 ppm.

GlutenTox Pro​ has AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) certification for foods and surfaces.

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