The RIDASCREEN SET kit (R-Biopharm GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany), a commercial staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE) visual immunoassay kit, was evaluated for its efficacy. The kit utilizes monovalent capture antibodies against SE types A to E (SEA to SEE); therefore, it simultaneously detects and identifies the enterotoxin types. The major advantages of the kit are (i) a high degree of specificity (except for naturally occurring peroxidases, food compositions or ingredients and microbiological products due to growth of nonstaphylococcal microorganisms did not cause false-positive results; additionally, no cross-reactions among reagents of the kits were observed), (ii) excellent sensitivity (minimum detectable limits were 0.20 to 0.30 ng of SEs per ml of extracts of ham, salami, and mushroom and 0.30 to 0.35 ng of SEs per ml of cheese extracts, or 0.50 to 0.75 ng of SEs per g of foods such as noodles, ham, salami, cheese, and turkey), (iii) simplicity (the kit enabled direct assay of SEs in food extracts without the need for lengthy extraction or concentration procedures), (iv) rapidity (it took less than 3 h to complete the analysis of individual enterotoxin types SEA to SEE), and (v) its semiquantitative results (optical density values could be read against a standard curve to estimate the amount of SE in the extract). The RIDASCREEN kit is a convenient, rapid, and reliable tool for the detection and identification of SEs in foods
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