The Zearalenone Strip Test Kit is a competitive chromatographic immunoassay for the semi-quantitative detection of the presence of Zearalenone in grains, feed materials, part of ready-product feed, spices. The assay could be used for on-site testing.
Zearalenone (ZEN), also known as RAL and F-2 mycotoxin, is a potent estrogenic metabolite produced by some Fusarium and Gibberella species.
Particularly, is produced by Fusarium graminearum, Fusarium culmorum, Fusarium cerealis, Fusarium equiseti, Fusarium verticillioides, and Fusarium incarnatum.
Several Fusarium species produce toxic substances of considerable concern to livestock and poultry producers, namely deoxynivalenol, T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin, diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS) and zearalenone.
Zearalenone is the primary toxin, causing infertility, abortion or other breeding problems, especially in swine.
The human and livestock exposure to ZEN through the diet poses health concern due to the onset of several sexual disorders and alterations in the development of sexual apparatus.
There are reliable case reports of early puberty in girls chronically exposed to ZEN in various regions of the world.