Through a grant from USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, Intertek Laboratories commissioned a new high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) (high performance liquid chromatography) aflatoxin testing machine at its Beira agricultural laboratory on September 22, 2015. It is believed that it will reduce the testing cost from US$120 per test (in South Africa) to about US$16 per test in Beira.
The machine, which is the latest in its range, will reduce the waiting time for test results from over 60 days to just 4 days. The new machine has the capacity to run 300 tests a day in a single operation while still distinguishing between types of aflatoxin to give more accurate results. HPLC testing is recommended and demanded for exports of groundnuts to major markets.The commissioning coincided with a workshop to market Intertek laboratory services and the promotion of complementary aflatoxin testing technology known as the “Blue Box.”
Photo: Workshop participants were briefed on how the new high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) aflatoxin testing machine works