WASHINGTON, D.C. - The USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has verified a strip kit that detects the presence of the Liberty Link 601 protein at a detection limit of 2-percent sensitivity level. The test takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This test was evaluated under GIPSA's Rapid Test Performance Evaluation Program. Go online for information on GIPSA's Rapid Test Performance Evaluation Program and Proficiency Program and see GIPSA's Biotechnology Web page.

The test is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods that detects the DNA sequence specific to the LLRICE 601 trait. For further information about the specific analytical method or for a list of commercial laboratories that Bayer CropScience has authorized to provide testing services, USDA says to contact Bayer CropScience. The link for the Bayer CropScience Customer Interaction Center is www.bayercropscienceus.com/resource/cic.html.

This test was validated at the request of Strategic Diagnostics Inc. USDA is not involved in the distribution of this test for use in the marketplace.

SOURCE: USDA news release, GIPSA's Biotechnology Web page and Bayer CropScience.