Tanaka Precious Metals to Supply Islamic Countries with 'Easy to Use Pork Detection Kits' for Detection of Pork in Food

Published April 8th, 2010 - 09:34 GMT
Tanaka Precious Metals will be supplying companies centered on the Islamic world with two "Easy to use Pork Detection Kits" for the detection of pork in either raw or cooked food materials. The kits are produced to a high level of sensitivity.
 
These detection kits are Immunochromatographic assays using nano-sized colloidal gold particles to reveal the result. The assays allows a rapid detection of pork in food samples in a short time and at a low cost without using any special equipment or requiring skillful techniques. In addition to food regulatory agencies and meat processors in Japan, these kits can also be widely used by manufacturers seeking to obtain widespread trust in the quality of their food products globally. The detection kits will also be of interest to trading companies that are considering new business opportunities in the Islamic world where pork is a taboo for religious reasons. The main features of these detection kits are as follows.
 
- Assays can be performed on spot in 10 to 15 minutes.
- Assays can easily be performed anywhere as no special equipment is required.
- The assay can detect pork levels as low as 0.1% in cooked food and 0.005% in raw food.
- The cost per assay is much cheaper than any existing methods.
 
The Islamic population, which accounts for a quarter of the world's total population, is expected to grow rapidly and the food market for this group is also rapidly expanding. It is anticipated that there is an increased interest and need in pork testing by Muslims for whom pork is prohibited from their diet.
 
Differences Compared to Existing Methods
 
Existing testing methods (PCR and ELISA require special techniques and equipment, because of laborious procedures involved in sample preparation, extraction, analysis and obtaining results, many food processors and dealers have been unable to conduct sufficient testing for their meat products. These pork detection kits make it possible to increase the number of sample inspection and testing because each of the test kit can be rapidly performed on site with no special equipment or trained personnel required. In addition, the cost is only one third of the cost of existing tests or less. Therefore, it is suitable for conducting preliminary screening of large number of routine samples before using an existing method for confirmation, enabling an enhanced surveillance program of the food supply.
 
Business Scenarios
 
Easy to use Pork Detection Kits will not only enable the testing of intentional adulteration of pork but also allows the detection of low levels of unintentional or accidental contaminations in various meat products. Potential applications of the detection kits include:
 
- Sample inspection of imported processed meat products.
- Monitoring the proper cleaning procedure of the equipment used by meat processing industry.
- Quality assurance and quality control of meat products at the retail level.
- Field inspection by national and municipal government organizations for food labeling law enforcement.
 
Countries such as Malaysia and Brunei are aiming at the centralized certification, management and distribution of halal food for Islamic food markets that are expected to grow rapidly. By using these detection kits, it will facilitate the establishment of a more effective meat testing system and a reliable brand certification program. The government of Brunei has expressed strong interest in these kits and a demonstration was recently conducted in Brunei.

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