Analytical Technologies, a leader in innovative solutions for drug
discovery and life-sciences research, announced that the Abraxis Melamine Detection Kit has been validated for
use on MDS Analytical Technologies’ SpectraMax
absorbance microplate readers with SoftMax Pro 5 GxP
analytical software, an industry-standard analysis
software for FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.
This solution from MDS Analytical Technologies offers a cost-effective,
high-throughput, quality-assurance solution to detect melamine
contamination in such food products as milk, infant formula, pet food,
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.”
This solution further enables MDS Analytical Technologies to expand its
offering in applied markets. MDS Analytical Technologies also offers a
mass spectrometry-based solution for food safety testing introduced
earlier this year through its joint venture partnership with Applied Biosystems.
“The teams at both companies are excited to offer a cost-effective,
highly sensitive quality-control solution for the detection of melamine,”
said Fernando M. Rubio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abraxis LLC. “Our collaboration with MDS Analytical
Technologies has provided the food industry throughout the world with an
easy and affordable method to ensure foods have not been contaminated by
readers can be integrated with the MDS Analytical Technologies’ StakMax microplate handling
system. Technicians may also configure the StakMax
system with MDS Analytical Technologies’ AquaMax
4000 microplate washer. These combinations can
be used to maximize throughput while minimizing manual plate handling.