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Controlling Mycotoxin Contamination in Pet Food
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Controlling Mycotoxin Contamination in Pet Food

The prevention of mycotoxin contamination in the grain components of animal diets is not only an essential goal, but also an immense challenge that requires the combined efforts of pet food manufacturers, their supply chain partners, and the laboratories that test their products. Both the urgency and the difficulty of this shared task lie in the chemical properties, physical characteristics, and complex interactions with environmental factors that define mycotoxins as a persistent and notoriously elusive threat to the wholesomeness of grain-based pet food ingredients. HOW MYCOTOXINS OCCUR IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND WHY IT'S SO HARD TO KEEP THEM OUT Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical compounds produced by molds. Their occurrence spans every growing region in the world, every phase of the pet food production chain, and the entire gamut of whole grains and grain byproducts from corn, barley, and soybeans to corn gluten meal, wheat middlings, and distillers' dried grains with solubles (DDGS). A global survey conducted between 2004 and 2013 uncovered mycotoxin contamination in over 76 percent of 25,900 samples of grains and grain byproducts destined for animal diets.¹ These statistics reflect the omnipresence of the soil-and airborne molds that generate mycotoxins as well as the difficulty of controlling all of the factors that favor mold growth. Toxigenic molds are most likely to proliferate in grains that are damaged by insects, hailstorms, or drought stress or exposed to high temperatures and moisture levels. Infections can occur both before and after harvest. Grain stored in damp, dirty, or poorly ventilated areas in silos, mills, or transport vehicles is at particularly high risk for mold infection. Once these fast-growing molds gain a foothold in a storage or production facility, there are few good alternatives to removing  the materials that harbor their toxic metabolites. If mycotoxin concentrations exceed FDA guidelines, entire lots may need to be discarded. FDA rules generally prohibit grain dealers and pet food manufacturers from blending highly contaminated ingredients with clean grain to reduce mycotoxin content to acceptable levels. While mold reduction strategies such as drying and irradiation can help limit the spread of contamination, they're much less effective at destroying the mycotoxins that have already formed. As a result, significant levels of mycotoxins can lurk unseen in lots with no visible mold growth. Heat processing is also likely to leave a substantial proportion of these highly stable chemical compounds intact. Some types of processing actually increase mycotoxin content. For example, the processes that create DDGS and many other grain byproducts tend to concentrate mycotoxins in those ingredients.² Detoxification methods such as ozone and organic acid treatments as well as feed additives that bind to or degrade mycotoxins in an animal's gut also come with limitations. All of these methods are relatively costly. Some may also reduce nutrient content or form toxic residues. RAISING THE BAR IN HAZARD CONTROL The mycotoxins that most commonly occur in grains are aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisins, ochratoxin A (OTA), the T-2 toxin and zearalenone (ZEA). The most toxic mycotoxin, aflatoxin B1, is the most carcinogenic naturally occurring substance known. Even in doses low enough to be measured in parts per million (ppm) or, in some cases, parts  per billion (ppb), these toxins are potent enough to cause acute illness in susceptible animal species. When consumed in very low doses over the long term, they can result in chronic health problems, including cancer, food refusal and weight loss, organ damage, neurological disorders, and decreased resistance to disease. In the European Union, all six of these mycotoxins as well as the HT-2 toxin are subject to maximum or recommended limits. At present, FDA mycotoxin guidelines are confined to aflatoxins, DON, and fumonisins. (See Table 1.) As a growing number of pet food companies have already realized, compliance with current guidelines may fall short of full coverage of the risks surrounding mycotoxin- contaminated pet food. Mycotoxin sensitivity can vary significantly across age, species, breed, and general health status. Yet with the exception of rabbits and horses, the FDA guidelines that apply to pets don't account for these differences. The guidelines also fail to address another important consideration. Grain ingredients typically contain a mixture of mycotoxins. Mycotoxins that commonly occur together often interact with each other in ways that can dramatically increase their toxicity. Consequently, the negative effects of ingesting a mixture of two or more mycotoxins can be significantly greater than those of consuming each component of that mixture separately. Examples of highly toxic combinations include pairs of chemically similar mycotoxins such as DON and nivalenol and the T-2 and HT-2 toxins. For customers whose pets may have a heightened sensitivity to mycotoxins as a result of advanced age, frail health, or the genetics of their breed, even trace levels of these mixtures are a cause for concern. In response to these risk factors, many companies not only test ingredients for a full range of mycotoxins but  also maintain tighter restrictions of their levels than those proposed by current regulatory guidelines. To confirm raw materials meet their quality and safety specifications, these companies often require supply chain partners to provide a certificate of analysis (CoA) that includes a detailed mycotoxin profile, which will then be checked against test results from their internal or contract laboratory. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, comprehensive laboratory data are playing an increasingly vital role in documenting the geographical source of pet food ingredients and verifying the observance of industry-standard safety practices across the supply chain. In addition to helping ensure regulatory compliance, this information serves as reassuring evidence of product safety for pet owners. Frequent monitoring of raw materials benefits every member of the supply chain by not only minimizing the economic and legal risks of contamination, but also demonstrating a proactive approach to hazard control. Routine checks of mycotoxins levels can lead to significant process improvements in storage, milling, and manufacturing facilities. Timely discovery of an uptick in contaminant levels may point to problems such as a leaky water pipe, dirty storage bins, or inadequate attention to rotating stock that indicate the need for internal practices that will help prevent future outbreaks. THE CHALLENGES OF OBTAINING ACCURATE TEST DATA The success of these stricter safety measures hinges on  the quality of the mycotoxin data generated by a company's monitoring program. Without a strategy based on a clear understanding of the complexities involved, the goal of accurately estimating mycotoxin concentrations in large grain loads can prove difficult to reach. One of the most important factors a testing strategy must account for is the uneven distribution of mycotoxins in grain lots. Mycotoxins tend to occur in tiny, widely scattered pockets of damp or damaged grains. A sample collector  who takes a single scoop of grain from the top or side of a load runs the risk of either missing the contaminated kernels completely or gathering materials that contain concentrations of mycotoxins that far exceed the average values for the whole lot. GIPSA-recommended sampling procedures compensate for these risks by calling for a representative sample that consists of incremental subsamples from multiple locations in the lot. GIPSA also advises collecting a minimum of 2 to 10 pounds of grain, depending on the size of the load, and using proper sampling equipment, such as a hand or mechanical probe for stationery grain or a pelican or diverter-type sampler for a moving stream.³ To minimize the chance of variable test results, the entire process should be carefully documented and followed to the letter by all employees. The reliability of the test results also depends of the robustness of the test method. One of the major obstacles to accuracy is the difficulty of detecting and measuring ppb levels of mycotoxins in a complex organic matrix. Grains and grain byproducts contain a diverse array of nutrients and plant chemicals that may interact with the sensitive antibodies that immunoassays use to detect mycotoxins, producing false-positive or false-negative results. Methods that call for purifying the sample before measuring the mycotoxin levels can help minimize these matrix effects. However, methods that require a lengthy, intricate sample preparation process can increase the chances of procedural errors. Whatever their cause, the repercussions of false negatives and false positives are extremely costly. Accurate mycotoxin data are critical to a company's ability to identify which shipments of grain should be rejected and which batches of raw materials need to be treated or discarded to prevent the spread of contamination. The wrong call could lead to losses of valuable resources, time, and raw materials or, in a worst- case scenario, a finished product that contains unsafe levels of mycotoxins. THE VALUE OF A COMPREHENSIVE, TARGETED TESTING STRATEGY Once a company has established consistent, correct, and repeatable sampling procedures, it should develop a testing system that not only satisfies the technical demands of quantifying mycotoxins, but also fits its business priorities. Whether the sample consists of whole wheat or corn screenings, the test method should be officially validated for that particular commodity. At the same time, the test must accommodate the company's budget and deliver accurate test data where and when they're needed. Massachusetts-based test developer VICAM, A Waters Business, offers a range of GIPSA- and AOAC-approved test kits that are specifically designed to empower pet food companies and their supply chain partners to implement practical, cost-effective frequent monitoring programs. The core of its portfolio is a range of quantitative methods that can be used to determine the exact concentration of mycotoxins in raw materials at critical control points in the production chain. In addition to providing manufacturers and grain dealers with convenient and reliable onsite testing options, VICAM equips analytic laboratories with advanced instrumental methods that afford their pet food industry clients with the highest level of confidence in their mycotoxin data. IMMUNOAFFINITY  COLUMNS The most powerful, versatile, and comprehensive solution set in VICAM's portfolio is its line of immunoaffinity (IA) columns. The company offers a variety of columns that are officially approved for determining mycotoxins in a wide range of feed ingredients, including corn, barley, corn bran, condensed distillers solubles, corn flour, corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, corn meal, corn screenings, corn/soy blend, distillers' dried grains, DDGS, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. Used to purify and concentrate samples for analysis by fluorometry  or laboratory instruments, IA columns optimize the value of representative sampling by maximizing the recovery of mycotoxins while removing matrix interferences. This method further reduces the chances of false negatives and false positives by eliminating complex, error-prone procedures. Coupled with a portable fluorometer, VICAM's IA columns  can be used to check mycotoxin levels in incoming shipments, to efficiently prescreen samples for instrumental analysis,   and to monitor raw materials in storage and grain processing facilities and pet food manufacturing plants. This cost- effective rapid method requires no special training and provides accurate ppb measurements in less than 15 minutes. To confirm raw materials meet the most exacting product specifications, VICAM recommends combining IA column cleanup with liquid chromatography (LC). The exceptional sensitivity of sophisticated instrumental techniques such as high performance and ultra performance liquid chromatography (HPLC and UPLC) with optical detection and LC with mass spectrometry (MS) detection enable highly reliable and precise measurements of very low levels of mycotoxins in complex grain matrices. There's an IA solution for every major mycotoxin of concern: AflaTest® DONtest™ HPLC FumoniTest™ OchraTest™ T-2test™ HPLC ZearalaTest™
IA columns are also available in fast-flow wide-bore versions to accelerate sample throughput. To help laboratories further boost their efficiency while responding to their clients' concerns about highly potent mycotoxin mixtures, VICAM offers several kits that simultaneously determine ppb levels of two or more mycotoxins in a single test run. AflaOchra™ HPLC (aflatoxin/OTA) AOZ® HPLC (aflatoxin/OTA/ZEA) DON-NIV ™ WB (DON/nivalenol) T-2/HT-2™ HPLC (T-2/HT-2) Myco6in1+® for LC/MS/MS (six major classes of mycotoxins) These  multi-analyte  kits  offer  multiple  advantages: Faster time-to-results Higher throughput Reduced spending on lab consumables and  hazardous  waste  disposal Decreased hands-on time Smaller environmental footprint The multi-analyte method that delivers the greatest efficiency gains and the most detailed and authoritative mycotoxin data is Myco6in1+ for LC-MS/MS. Validated by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), this high-powered instrumental method accurately detects and quantifies 12 different mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, fumonisins, deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, the T-2 and HT-2 toxins, and nivalenol at or below the strict guidance levels set by EU regulators. QUANTITATIVE STRIP TESTS VICAM's quantitative strip tests combine the speed, affordability, and ease of use with the assurance of accurate numerical measurements. While less precise than instrumental methods, this rapid test is a solid alternative when economical access to real-time data is the most critical factor. No special skills are required for sample preparation or interpreting the test. The test solution develops in as little time as 5 minutes, and results are clearly displayed on the digital screen of a portable optical reader. Strip tests are an appropriate choice for laboratory and onsite applications that require rapid, informed decision making, including: Determining the acceptability of shipments at buying points; High-throughput laboratory screening; and Routine monitoring and quality control checks in storage facilities, mills, and manufacturing plants The line enables untrained users to detect and measure five highly significant mycotoxins at levels that meet rigorous safety standards. Aflatoxins: Afla-V® (ppb levels) DON: DON-V® (ppm levels) Fumonisins: Fumo-V® (ppm levels) Ochratoxin A: Ochra-V ™ (ppb levels) Table 1. FDA action and guidance levels for mycotoxins in pet food   MANAGING THE COMPLEXITIES OF MYCOTOXIN CONTROL Pet food industry stakeholders are well aware of the risks that mycotoxins pose to their financial performance and brand reputation. While many companies are stepping up their investment in the critical task of mycotoxin management, the very nature of these contaminants can complicate their efforts to balance the benefits against the costs. Nevertheless, mycotoxins can be cost-effectively quantified and controlled. As a first step toward accomplishing that goal, companies should develop a knowledge-based strategy that integrates consistent attention to mycotoxin levels with scientifically sound, industry-proven sampling and test methods. References 1. 1G. R. Murugesan, et al., 'Prevalence and Effects of Mycotoxins on Poultry Health and Performance, and Recent Development in Mycotoxin Counteracting Strategies,' Poultry Science, 2015. doi: 10.3382/ps/pev075. 2. Luciano Pinotti, et al, 'Mycotoxin Contamination in the EU Feed Supply Chain: A Focus on Cereal Byproducts,' Toxins, February 15, 2016. 3. USDA Grain Inspection Handbook — Book I Grain Sampling,  https://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/gihbk1_inspec.aspx (accessed By Vicam

Instant Insights into Pet Food and Ingredients with Portable On-Site Analyzers
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Instant Insights into Pet Food and Ingredients with Portable On-Site Analyzers

Pet Food production shares many of the raw materials with the much larger feed markets and as such has been subject to the same fluctuations in cost and supply due to unstable global markets for core ingredients and geopolitical crises. The last two years have seen production and supply chain issues due to COVID-19, and the 2022 Russian aggression in Ukraine has further affected the global commodity market with record prices in 2022 for many pet food ingredients. Additionally, the pet food market has its own dynamic forces such as changing consumer trends in formulations and added value ingredients such as exotic protein sources or new healthful ingredients. A quick look at available pet foods will find products for all life stages, grain-free or novel protein formulas such as salmon or duck, and many other options. Like other feed producers, pet food manufacturers are challenged to create recipes for a multitude of aquaculture feeds utilizing many different ingredients, often sourced globally, to balance the palatability and proper nutritional profile at the lowest price point. Formulating feed recipes on a least-cost basis is not a simple task. On the quality side of the equation, pet food ingredients are natural products with inherent variability in composition based on growing environments, variety, processing, and storage conditions. Wheat bran can vary from 14-17% protein, as an example, while fish meals can range from 60-75% protein depending on type and season.  The combination of variable raw material costs and quality with the requirement to produce many defined recipes with specific nutritional profiles places unique challenges on pet food producers. The pet food industry was one of the early adopters of NIR technology, and most pet food manufacturers are already familiar with the benefits of using NIR instrumentation technology to test ingredients for nutritional composition. This technology is commonly used in laboratories via benchtop instruments, but these instruments tend to be expensive and require skilled operators. In terms of cost, NIR analysis is less expensive and faster than wet chemistry methods in general, with similar or better precision. For example, the cost of routine proximate analysis is only about one-third of the cost of wet chemistry, and the analysis is typically completed in less than a minute. The benefits of frequent analysis can be seen throughout the pet food value chain. Incoming raw ingredients can be monitored to ensure they meet contract claims, providing evidence for claims where the quality is below specification and valuable data to take advantage of when quality is higher. Pet food producers can use this information to adjust formulations based on commodity or ingredient prices and still maintain proper nutritional specifications for the various final pet food recipes. Final compound pet food can be monitored at production to ensure labeled specifications and closely monitor moisture content to adjust the drying ovens. Moisture is a critical component for pet food as high moisture product leads to spoilage and short shelf-life issues, while low moistures affect palatability and increase raw material costs. For most manufacturing plants, the savings from precise control of moisture can pay for a NIR program in weeks or months with a large ROI. However, the actual value of frequent NIR testing can only be realized by easy, on-site testing throughout the product chain. As technology has advanced, NIR has left the confines of the laboratory and become portable and accessible to pet food manufacturers in many locations in their facilities. NIR is about putting more information into the hands of the plant managers so that they can have complete insight into all stages of their process With the cost of bench-top instrumentation ranging from 40 to 100K dollars and a concurrent requirement for a clean and stable environment and well-trained operators, many pet food manufacturers are looking for reliable instrumentation that is portable, rugged, and able to accurately analyze proximate parameters. An additional requirement for the next-generation solutions is that they must also be implementable at every point in the manufacturing process (raw material through final product) with an ease of use and cost that positively affects the efficiency and consistency of production.  Portable NIR devices have been on the market for some time, but many have not delivered the performance, reliability, and ease of use required for intuitive on-site analysis. With the earliest examples of handheld NIR technology, the biggest issue was the poor transferability of calibrations from robust benchtop instruments to the portable platform. With next-generation spectrometers, such as those implementing MEMS technology, it is possible to eliminate these issues and transfer calibrations reliably. FT-based MEMs spectrometers also deliver accuracy and performance comparable to much more expensive benchtop units, even when faced with challenging conditions. One recent study examined the performance of a portable MEMS-based NIR analyzer from NeoSpectra by Si-Ware with an industry-standard benchtop FT-NIR analyzer for soymeal analysis. Figure 1 shows that the portable handheld NeoSpectra scanner performs as well as a benchtop instrument for protein, oil, fiber, and moisture analysis.   Figure 1. Calibration statistics from a soymeal calibration created on a current benchtop FT-NIR and a NeoSpectra by Si-Ware Scanner analyzer. Reprinted with permission from Klevtech Consulting. As the data above show, new portable FT-NIR analyzers can provide the insight required by pet food manufacturers to standardize consistent feed quality while minimizing raw material costs in an end-to-end quality program from ingredients to the pet food mill. Cloud-based intuitive mobile apps bring smartphone ease of use to the operator, and cloud-based software aggregates and summarizes reported data for powerful insights into the operation.  The next-generation portable NIR instruments are ushering in a new era of pet food analysis with affordable on-site analysis in easy-to-use handheld devices. by NeoSpectra by Si-Ware All Pet Food   

NeoSpectra by Si-Ware Partners with AB Vista’s Aunir to Offer Customers Affordable NIR Calibration Choices for In-Field Analysis
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NeoSpectra by Si-Ware Partners with AB Vista’s Aunir to Offer Customers Affordable NIR Calibration Choices for In-Field Analysis

MENLO PARK, CA - NeoSpectra by Si-Ware, the creator of NeoSpectra material analysis solutions built on single-chip FT-NIR spectrometers, today announced a partnership with AB Vista's Aunir, a global leader in the development and supply of near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy calibrations. For the first time, the partnership will give customers subscription-based access to all Aunir INGOT NIR calibration models on the NeoSpectra LabStore to empower in-field analysis and decision-making across animal feed, feed ingredients, flour, and milling, pet food, aquafeed, forages, animal by-products, plant breeders, and other specialty products.  NeoSpectra by Si-Ware will implement the full Aunir INGOT NIR calibration database on the NeoSpectra LabStore. The NeoSpectra platform has the first and largest LabStore in the market, offering thousands of calibration models to users from trusted partners around the globe such as labs, researchers, and universities. Today, the INGOT calibration library is the world's most extensive with more than 500,000 analyzed samples and over four million data points. The partnership will provide portable NeoSpectra Scanner users with additional top-tier choices in NIR calibrations across a multitude of industry applications. NIR analysis is a quick, accurate, and reliable method to measure the nutritional, chemical and physical properties of ingredients and products. Together, Aunir and NeoSpectra by Si-Ware will give users the autonomy to choose the right calibration model to make important business decisions in real-time. Users will be able to measure the integrity of raw materials and ensure their finished product meets specifications. In addition, NeoSpectra Scanner users will have access to the very latest calibrations across various markets and finished products through Aunir's automatic calibration updates when subscribing via the NeoSpectra LabStore. 'Our partnership with Aunir is exciting for our customers,' said Ralph Hewitt, Vice President of Global Sales at NeoSpectra by Si-Ware. 'Historically, NIR users had to build their own calibration models, purchase them for a high price, or search for a partner that had a calibration model that worked with their platform. NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's partnership with Aunir gives them the power to choose which calibration model is best for their business. We will not only offer the models at an affordable price but enhance customer confidence in their business decisions knowing their portable NeoSpectra Scanner uses state-of-the-art calibrations from a leading global developer like Aunir.' For over 40 years, Aunir has collected data for its INGOT database with a primary focus on measuring and analyzing moisture, protein, oil, fiber, ash, starch, and sugar levels in animal feed, feed ingredients, forages, pet food, milled flours and more. The calibrations represent a range of geographies, growing seasons, and environments for reliable results from most sample types. The Aunir INGOT calibration database and models will be available for NeoSpectra Scanner users to browse and subscribe to in the NeoSpectra LabStore at the end of April. 'Now more than ever, customers are faced with a variety of challenges and important business decisions, particularly to improve their margins and reduce costs while maintaining the best possible product,' said Chris Piotrowski, AB Vista's NIR Services Director. 'Portable NIR analysis puts the power of in-field decision-making in the hands of our customers, and our partnership with NeoSpectra by Si-Ware will make that possible in a way that is cost-effective. Customers will be able to subscribe to our INGOT database calibrations via the NeoSpectra LabStore, which will be a game-changer for accurate measurement in the field and their return on NIR investment.' About NeoSpectra by Si-Ware  NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's all-in-one, universal material analysis solution platform, built on a family of single-chip FT-NIR spectrometers, enables businesses to bring the lab to the field and makes the concept of analyzing anywhere with high return on investment a reality. Combining portable analyzers that have unprecedented performance and accuracy with the NeoSpectra LabStore, a secure place to discover and download test methods developed by FT-NIR technology experts such as laboratories, researchers, universities, and companies, NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's solutions deliver instant insights to industries such as agriculture, food, life sciences, and others. NeoSpectra by Si-Ware is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with research and development centers in Paris, France, and Cairo, Egypt. For more information, visit www.Si-Ware.com.
 
About AB Vista, Aunir and INGOT AB Vista is a global feed additive business bringing pioneering products and technical services to the poultry, swine, ruminant, and aquaculture sectors. Since its launch in 2005, the company has become a highly respected global player with top three market share positions in its core segments. The business uses its innovative product research, technical services, and nutrition expertise to gather global insights that can be used to provide new ways of thinking to feed compounders, integrators, and pre-mixers. With over 25 years' experience in the NIR field and a global network of laboratories able to analyze feed samples, AB Vista provides the tools and expertise to allow its customer to better balance their ingredients. AB Vista is headquartered in the UK, with regional offices located in the USA, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, India, China, Germany, Netherlands, and Finland. www.abvista.com.  Contact: Katie Padilla, [email protected] All Pet Food 

NeoSpectra by Si-Ware and NutriControl to Provide Customers with Improved Solutions for Accurate In-Field Materials Analysis
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NeoSpectra by Si-Ware and NutriControl to Provide Customers with Improved Solutions for Accurate In-Field Materials Analysis

MENLO PARK, CA -  NeoSpectra by Si-Ware, the creator of NeoSpectra material analysis solutions built on single-chip FT-NIR spectrometers, has announced a partnership with NutriControl Analytical Solutions, a leading laboratory network based in the Netherlands serving the animal feed, dairy and food sectors. The partnership leverages NutriControl's industry-leading calibration experience to provide users of NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's portable NeoSpectra Scanner with quick, accurate materials sampling capabilities for a broad range of applications, including animal feed, food quality and pet food, empowering users with improved quality assurance and on-demand decision-making.  This partnership expands the applications available to customers in NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's NeoSpectra Lab Store, a secure place to discover and subscribe to calibration models that are developed by NIR experts such as laboratories, researchers, companies and universities. From the NeoSpectra Lab Store, NeoSpectra Scanner users will now be able to subscribe to the calibration lines needed to perform accurate analysis across industry applications such as agriculture, food, life sciences and others. 'We're excited to partner with NutriControl on this endeavor and pair their NIR calibration expertise with our user-friendly portable technology,' said Ralph Hewitt, vice president of global sales at NeoSpectra by Si-Ware. 'Our team is dedicated to developing industry partnerships that strengthen our product accuracy, provide customers with the most options in the calibration lines they use, and introduce tangible benefits to our end users. Reliable calibration is essential to achieving fast and accurate materials analysis, and we feel even more confident in the accuracy of the results from our NeoSpectra Scanner by working with proven calibration partners like NutriControl.' NutriControl develops NIR calibration lines and NIR cloud services that can be leveraged to analyze feed, grains, dairy products, silages, pet food and many other raw materials. The company's calibration lines are based on a significant amount of classical wet chemical tests, benefiting NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's global customer base by providing the necessary amount of variation for accurate use across multiple geographies.  'Our customers have long understood the need for accurate materials analysis, and now more than ever, they are searching for portable solutions to conduct real-time sampling and accurate measurements,' said Jörgen van den Ende, managing director at NutriControl. 'Through our collaboration with NeoSpectra by Si-Ware, we now have the opportunity to implement our calibration lines on a portable system that will bring value to all global users.' About NeoSpectra by Si-Ware  NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's all-in-one, universal material analysis solution platform, built on a family of single-chip FT-NIR spectrometers, enables businesses to bring the lab to the field and makes the concept of analyzing anywhere with high return on investment a reality. Combining portable analyzers that have unprecedented performance and accuracy with the NeoSpectra Lab Store, a secure place to discover and download test methods developed by FT-NIR technology experts such as laboratories, researchers, universities, and companies, NeoSpectra by Si-Ware's solutions deliver instant insights to industries such as agriculture, food, life sciences, and others. NeoSpectra by Si-Ware is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with research and development centers in Paris, France and Cairo, Egypt. For more information, visit Si-Ware.com.
 
About NutriControl NutriControl is an independent commercial laboratory that operates in the feed, food and dairy markets. It is a part of the Royal Agrifirm Group, a cooperative of approximately 10,000 Dutch farmers and growers with over 3,000 Agrifirm employees. NutriControl is ISO-17025 accredited and has around 100 laboratory employees conducting more than 900,000 tests a year using more than 300 different methods. NutriControl is engaged in NIR technology since 1980 and is a global player in the field of NIR service, with a broad product portfolio. It has its own dedicated NIR department, which supports approximately 2,000,000 NIR-predictions a year for their worldwide customers. Through years of experience in the NIR field, NutriControl has a huge and unique database, with which high quality calibration lines are developed and maintained. For more information, visit www.nutricontrol.nl.  Contact: Katie Padilla, [email protected] All Pet Food