Rapid CDIATM T-2 toxin kits are intended for qualitative detection of T-2 toxin in food.
The fungal T-2 toxin is a sesquiterpenoid trichothecene produced by Fusarium sporotrichioidesand related species. It can also be produced in large quantities in solid fermentations. Trichothecenes inhibit protein synthesis in eukaryotes and can cause both acute and chronic health problems for humans and animals that ingest contaminated food. This species produces a range of toxic metabolites and is notorious as the probable cause of the “alimentary toxic aleukia” that occurred among men in Russia during the Second World War. The disease was caused by eating over-wintered grain contained high concentrations of T-2.