Test for Food-Based Toxins in Fewer Than 5 Minutes

Test for Food-Based Toxins in Fewer Than 5 Minutes
Innovation

A new paper-strip can test for pesticides in minutes rather than hours by means of an easy-to-read color-change.

Jon Lombardo
  • 16 november 2009

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario have developed a cheap, fast and easy-to-read paper dipstick test which tells users the level of pesticides in their foods and beverages in only 5 minutes. This new testing method is an advancement over current toxin tests, which are expensive and require a couple of hours to produce results. The dipstick process is especially practical in developing countries without the finances or electricity to perform more complicated testing.

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