This Melamine Rapid Test Kit is to detect melamine in milk, milk powder. The detection limit meets regulations in EU, China, WHO/FAO, Japan, India and the USA.
Melamine is a chemical compound that has a number of industrial uses, including the production of laminates, glues, dinnerware, adhesives, molding compounds, coatings and flame retardants. Melamine is a name used both for the chemical and for the plastic made from it. In this event, all references are to the chemical. There are no approved direct food uses for melamine, nor are there any recommendations in the Codex Alimentarius. Melamine is illegally added to inflate the apparent protein content of food products. Because it is high in nitrogen, the addition of melamine to a food artificially increases the apparent protein content as measured with standard tests.
In this event, contamination appears to have happened as fraudulent contamination in primary production. Chinese government officials have pinpointed milk collecting stations as the sites where the melamine was added. According to Sanlu, contaminated milk was used in the manufacture of powdered infant formula processed before 6 August 2008 and the tainted milk powder has also been used in the manufacture of a number of other products..
Melamine is a common industry chemical, which was used illegally in milk to increase the protein content measured by classic Kjeldahl method. Milk products prepared from milk contaminated with melamine will directly damage the urinary system, for instance, it will cause kidney stone in infant, whose main food is milk powder. FAO has set a strict MRL to melamine in milk, other countries, such as China, USA also set MRLs.
Key facts of the Melamine Rapid Test Kit
- Ready to use kits for farmers, truck drivers, etc
- No incubation required 10min
- Highly specific to Melamine
Detection Limit of the Melamine Rapid Test Kit
30 ng/g (ppb), this detection limit may change, please refer to the kit insert.
Melamine Rapid Test Kit Components
- Melamine Test Strip, 96pcs
- Microwell reagent, 96wells
- Plastic Pipette, 96pcs
Further readings on melamine and melamine testing:
- World Health Organization, WHO, Chemical Risks, Melamine page
- Buka, Irena, Alvaro Osornio-Vargas, and Catherine Karr. "Melamine food contamination: Relevance to Canadian children." Paediatrics & child health 14.4 (2009): 222-224.
- FAO website, food safety and quality, Melamine.