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Aspergillus Test Kit Identification of Pathogenic Aspergillus in Cannabis

Editor: Doris Popp

Biotecon Diagnostics has launched the foodproof Aspergillus Detection Lyokit.

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foodproof Aspergillus Detection Lyokit
foodproof Aspergillus Detection Lyokit
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Within two days (including enrichment), the multiplex assay independently identifies four species of pathogenic Aspergillus; A. flavus, A. fumigatus, A. niger, and A. terreus — in a range of cannabis sample backgrounds and using just one PCR reaction. “With increased cannabis legalization across the US and in other countries for medicinal and recreational purposes, cannabis products are quickly becoming readily available to vast numbers of consumers. Just like in the food and beverage industry, producers have to adhere to regulatory requirements for testing to ensure their products are safe for consumption. Microbial contamination, either due to poor plant growth conditions or substandard hygiene practices can threaten cannabis products at any stage: from cultivation and production to dispatch and consumption. The main microbial contaminants for cannabis testing, which our portfolio offers, includes Salmonella, STEC and Enterobacteriaceae, as well as pathogenic species of Aspergillus,” said Dr. Kornelia Berghof-Jäger, CEO of Biotecon Diagnostics.