EXPLORER 2.0 - Detection of antibiotic residues in food and meat

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).


The Four Plate test is commonly used for detection of antibiotics in food. This method is tedious, requires stabilization of several bacteria strains and takes about 24 hours. Moreover, the sensitivity is well above the MRL for sulfonamides. Explorer is a microbial growth inhibition test that can be used for detection of antibiotic residues in food. It is a very simple and ready-to-use test, with a sensitivity complying with EU-MRLs.

Detection of inhibitory substances in food
    • Sensitive: complying with EU MRLsexplorer-2-0
    • Qualitative:broad-range screening of inhibitors
    • Assay time:about 3h
    • Results: visual or photometrical (595 and 650 nm) reading
    • Suitable for: raw meat, liver, kidney, feed and eggs
    • Format: microtiter plate with individual tests and ampoules


Assay procedure tube and plate with heater and e-Reader



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