ASSG Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers Annual conference

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Once again the shellfish growers gather together at the ASSG annual conference in Oban, Scotland. During the meeting many interesting topics were covered. Innovation in ormer farming and mussels, pearl farming around the world and the opportunities and challenges for the aquaculture industry. The seafood in schools programme was also presented. This is an innovative project to teach new generations how to enjoy eating shellfish. The conference also had the contribution of top scientists who updated the audience on four research projects on mussel live transportation or management of algae toxins. ZEU-INMUNOTEC presented a functional assay for determination of OA-toxins in shellfish –OkaTest. Marine toxins management is an important issue for shellfish growers and regulatory bodies. OkaTest is a very easy assay for detection of all okadaic acid diarrheic toxins commonly found in Scottish coastal areas. The test can be used complementary to the reference method for official testing or by shellfish producers running their own checks.

ZEU INMUNOTEC First Distributor’s Meeting

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The First Distributor’s Meeting organized by ZEU INMUNOTEC took place in Barcelona last October.  Distributors from Asia, America and Europe attended the event. During the meeting, ZEU INMUNOTEC presented the last updates in detection of antibiotic residues tests. Discussions focused on Eclipse 3G, which is the official test in France for inhibitors residues in milk. Eclipse 3G is therefore used by all interprofessional labs, big dairy players and farmers. Technical aspects of the test as well as current actual market share and opportunities were looked into. The new Explorer 2.0 for detection of inhibitor residues in meat and other food matrices was introduced to all attendees during the meeting. Explorer 2.0 an easy-to-use test for screening of antibiotics residues is the perfect tool to ensure that meat products comply with antibiotics residues regulations. Explorer detects most used antibiotics groups at the European MRLs. Analytical trends in food allergens detection, latest developments in dairy adulterations or algae toxins analysis were also discussed. The meeting was characterized by its extensive audience participation, networking and communication. During the second day all distributors had the opportunity to  ​​make comments and suggestions in a roundtable discussion. Moreover, French and Greek distributors spoke about real cases of success referring to the peculiarities of their markets and commercial cooperation with ZEU INMUNOTEC. After the meeting, Barcelona Highlights were visited and all participants finished the day with a pleasant dinner in the Olympic port tasting some of the most typical dishes from the Mediterranean. ZEU- INMUNOTEC extends its appreciation to all attendees who travelled to Barcelona to be at the meeting and encourage them to continue working and collaborating with new ideas to offer new products and services.

The presence of antibiotic residues in meat could affect production and food security of sausages

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Bacterial starter cultures are fundamental for sausage fermentation. These lactic acid bacteria ferment the raw meat and guarantee that final product is acidic enough to kill pathogens that might have existed. University of Copenhagen and University Collage Cork have studied the effect of antibiotic residues, oxytetracycline, pencicillin and erythromycin, in the meat used for sausage production (Ingmer et al, mBio 2012 vol.3). Data show that residual antibiotics in the meat can prevent or reduce fermentation by the lactic acid bacteria, affecting the quality of the final product. Antibiotics are frequently used in veterinary medicine both for therapeutic value ant to enhance growth and food efficiency. Consequently, these practices might lead to a possible occurrence of residues in food. Food contaminated with antibiotic residues should be prevented from reaching the consumer. The detection of antibiotics is compulsory and levels should comply with the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) state by the European Union (Commission Regulation (EU) No 37/2010). ZEU-INMUNOTEC, leader company in food quality, offers Explorer kit for detection of antibiotics en meat to avoid the presence of antibiotics in food chain. Source: mBiosphere

Demonstration of OkaTest for Okadaic Acid-Toxins at Quasimeme Workshop

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  Laboratories from Spain, Croatia, Namibia or Neatherlands met last 14th -15th of June at the Marine Institute (Ireland) in a whorkshop about “Analysis of Marine Biotoxins”. Experts on the subject such as Dr. Arjen Gerssen, from The Netherlands NRL (National Reference Laboratory) or Dr.Begoña Ben-Gigirey, from the EURLMB (European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins) talked about PSP and lipophilic toxins testing. Dr. Elena Domínguez from ZEU-INMUNOTEC offered a lab demonstration on the phosphatase inhibition assay-OkaTest– for quantitative determination of OA-toxins in bivalve molluscs. Participants had the opportunity to see the simplicity of an assay that can be implemented for official OA testing, combined with LC-MS or HPLC, or end products according to the EC No. 15/2011. Other lab sessions on lipophilic and PSP toxins completed the OkaTest demonstration as part of this workshop. Oral presentations and lab demonstrations involved active participation of attendees. Lab experiences and procedures were shared, giving participants different views that will allow them improving their current methodologies.  

Indian Government sounded the alarm over adulterated milk in India.

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India assessed a milk analysis over 33 states founding nearly 70% of milk samples were contaminated. The survey showed fraudulent manipulation since diluting milk in water from adding skimmed milk powder, glucose, hydrogen peroxide or detergent. In one hand, water addition reduces milk nutritional value and, even, can cause additional health problems if water is contaminated. On the other hand, milk adulterants detected produce hazardous health effects.  Detergent can cause food poisoning.  Other contaminants as urea or sodium carbonate cause gastroenteritis as immediate effect, but long term effects are more serious. India is not the only country where milk is adulterated; China, Peru and Ecuador also have been suffering these frauds. ZEU Inmunotec, a Spanish biotechnology company, believes that milk and its derivatives have high nutritional value. Therefore milk quality should be carefully controlled. To achieve this goal ZEU Inmunotec offers a wide variety of kits to perform different tests: screening of antibiotic in milk (Eclipse 3GEclipse Farm 3GEclipse 50 and EQUINOX), rapid inmunoenzimatic tests for identification of milk species (IC caprinebovine and RC bovinecaprine) and inmunoenzimatic tests for detecting addition of calostrum to milk (Calokit-cowsheep and goat). Fuentes: BBC News and The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India