HALALTEST - PORK MEAT
HalalTest - Pork Meat is a fast-acting test designed for detecting pork meats in food, improperly washed dishes, and installations used for producing, transporting, and storing foodstuffs. A positive result confirms the presence of porcine meats.
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The consumption of pork can be subject to religious prohibitions. Pork meat can also cause allergies and/or food intolerance. Furthermore, the labeling of processed products isn’t always completely reliable for consumers to ensure the absence of pork in the foodstuffs they purchase.
HalalTest – Pork Meat is based on the principle of immunochromatography and antibody-antigen reaction. It enables the qualitative determination of pork-specific antigens - in all types of cooked and/or processed food, improperly washed dishes, and equipment used in the production, transport, and storage of foodstuffs. In immunochromatographic method, the target antigen (porcine ultra heat resistant muscular glycoprotein) is bound by highly specific antibodies attached to the test line and colored microparticles. This two-site binding results in formation of immune complex visible as the colored line. A second colored line (control line) appears, attesting the good functioning of the test, whatever the result is.
TEST SENSITIVITY AND SPECIFICITY
HalalTest – Pork Meat can detect porcine antigens in concentrations above 0.1% in preparations based on the meats of different species. This approximately corresponds to the determination of 5 to 10 milligrams of porcine antigen per kilogram of solid matter (5 to 10 ppm).
There has been no evidence of cross-reactions with the following meats: beef, veal, mutton, lamb, antelope, poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, and goose), rabbit, reindeer, venison, and kangaroo. Human blood and muscle tissue are not recognized by the test either.
TYPES OF SAMPLES
HalalTest – Pork Meat is designed to detect the presence of pork meats in mixtures of meats, ground/minced meat, sausages, hams and any other kind of meat-based products whether raw, cooked and/or processed.
This test can also detect traces of pork in the water used for rinsing and washing tools and surfaces involved in cutting and processing meats. For dishes, meat-cutting tools, and equipment used in the production, transport, and storage of foodstuffs, we recommend collecting traces of food and/or splashes of liquid to be tested with cotton wool or sterile.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
1. Carefully open the sealed pouch to avoid damaging the test strip
2. Dip the absorbent tip of the strip into the upper layer of the liquid inside the tube while holding it from the other end.
Keep the test strip immersed for 10 to 15 seconds, so the absorbent zone can soak the liquid properly.
3. Monitor the liquid’s capillary rise along the test strip. If the liquid isn’t rising, dip the test strip into the tube one more time for another 5 seconds.
4. While waiting for the results, the test strip must be laid on a non-vibrating, flat and dry surface.
5. Refer to the indications below to read and interpret the results.
INTERPRETING THE RESULTS
The test is considered positive if two red lines appear. The order in which the lines appear is irrelevant.
The test is considered negative if only one red line appears.
If no line appears at all, the test is considered invalid. Check whether the previously stated instructions were followed, and whether the tests were optimally preserved and stored. Make sure to check the test’s expiration date. You may then proceed to a new analysis, using another test strip.
This test is for your reference only. Due to the nature of immunoassay technology, many factors such as sampling amount, sampling type, environmental conditions and contamination of sample may influence the accuracy of the test result. A negative result may not guarantee a complete absence of pork in the food product being tested. It is possible that pork traces are present in a portion of the food product that was not sampled.
The results of the test need to be confirmed by a referenced analytical method such as HalalTest ELISA kits.
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