Rapid CDIATM Natamycin kits are intended for qualitative detection of Natamycin in milk samples.
Natamycin is a naturally occurring antifungal agent produced during fermentation by the bacterium Streptomyces natalensis. Natamycin is used to treat fungal infections, including Candida, Aspergillus, Cephalosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium. Natamycin has been used for decades in the food industry as a preservative in dairy products and other foods. More specifically, natamycin is commonly used in products such as cream cheeses, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, shredded cheeses, cheese slices, and packaged salad mixes. One of the reasons for food producers to use natamycin is to replace the artificial preservative sorbic acid. Although widely used in the global food industry, for humans, a dose of 500 mg/kg/day repeated over multiple days caused nausea, vomiting, allergic and diarrhea.