Bioo Scientific Launches a Sensitive ELISA for the Detection of Amantadine Residues in Meat

Bioo Scientific is releasing the MaxSignal Amantadine ELISA Test Kit for the detection of the banned veterinary drug amantadine. This drug has been previously used to protect poultry against avian influenza, and continues to be used by some farmers despite new regulations, to improve chicken survival in overcrowded conditions.

Austin, TX, March 08, 2014 --( Bioo Scientific now offers the MaxSignal® Amantadine ELISA Test Kit for the detection of amantadine residues in meat (chicken, beef and pork). Amantadine (Symmetrel) is a drug that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use as an antiviral and an antiparkinsonian drug, and has been used by Chinese poultry farmers to protect birds against avian influenza. However, the safety and efficacy of amantadine have been challenged, and its use as a veterinary drug is now banned in China. However, it has been reported by numerous sources that some poultry farmers continue to give chickens amantadine to help them survive in overcrowded chicken houses.

The sensitive MaxSignal Amantadine ELISA Test Kit, with detection limits of 0.25 ppb in meat, is based on a competitive colorimetric ELISA assay. Amantadine residue present in the sample will compete for HRP-conjugated antibodies against amantadine, thereby preventing the Amantadine-HRP from binding to the antibody attached to the well. The resulting color intensity, after addition of the HRP substrate (TMB), has an inverse relationship with the concentration of amantadine residue in the sample.

The MaxSignal Amantadine ELISA Test Kit joins Bioo Scientific’s premier line of ELISAs for the detection of veterinary drugs in food and feed samples. These kits are all manufactured to the international quality standard ISO 9001:2008 (ISO CI#: SARA-2009-CA-0114-02-A).

About Bioo Scientific Corporation
Bioo Scientific Corporation is an Austin, TX based biotechnology company that provides innovative solutions to the food and feed industry. Bioo Scientific offers a complete portfolio of products for the detection of microbial and industrial contaminants, toxins, constituents, hormones, antibiotics and a variety of veterinary drug residues.

Bioo Scientific’s products are used around the world and can be purchased both directly or through our global distribution network with markets in more than 100 countries. For more information about Bioo Scientific’s food and feed product lines, visit
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