Detectors and Test Kits for Cyanide

Cyanide Detection

About Cyanide & Toxicity

Cyanide poisoning is a form of histotoxic hypoxia because the cells of an organism are unable to use oxygen, primarily through the inhibition of cytochrome c oxidase. Acute hydrogen cyanide poisoning can result from inhalation of fumes from burning polymer products that use nitriles in their production, such as wool, silk, polyurethane, or vinyl. If cyanide is inhaled it causes a coma with seizures, apnea, and cardiac arrest, with death following in a matter of minutes. At lower doses, loss of consciousness may be preceded by general weakness, giddiness, headaches, vertigo, confusion, and perceived difficulty in breathing. At the first stages of unconsciousness, breathing is often sufficient or even rapid, although the state of the victim progresses towards a deep coma, sometimes accompanied by pulmonary edema, and finally cardiac arrest. A cherry red skin color may be present as the result of increased venous hemoglobin oxygen saturation. Cyanide does not directly cause cyanosis. A fatal dose for humans can be as low as 1.5 mg/kg body weight.

In addition to pesticide and insecticide, cyanide is contained in tobacco smoke, smoke from building fires and some foods, like almonds, apricot kernel, apple seeds, orange seeds, and cassava (also known as yuca or manioc). Vitamin B12 in the form of hydroxycobalamin, or hydroxocobalamin, may reduce the negative effects of chronic exposure, and a deficiency can lead to negative health effects following exposure.

Exposure to lower levels of cyanide over a long period (e.g., after use of cassava roots as a primary food source in tropical Africa) results in increased blood cyanide levels, which can result in weakness and a variety of symptoms, including permanent paralysis, nervous lesions, hypothyroidism, and miscarriages. Other effects include mild liver and kidney damage.

Detection of Cyanide

ChemSee.com has several detectors available for testing for Cyanide in Foods, Drinks and Water.  The detectors are described below:
API Food Poison Detection Kit

API's Food Poison Detection Kit includes everything one needs to conduct a complete analysis of food for all the most notorious poisons, document the results and preserve any evidence. This Kit was developed under a research grant with the U.S. Department of Defense and has been validated by multiple parties. 

Azide Detector for Neutral SolutionsQualitative Cyanide and Chromate Detectors

The ChemSee CN-30 Cyanide Detection Tab offers detectors designed for easy, home-based detection of Cyanide and Chromates in food and drink. Simple, color-based test results are obtained in 3 seconds to 3 minutes.  Simply put three to five droplets of the liquid drink sample to the card and watch for blue color to form if Chromates are in the sample. Instructions for preparing samples of solid food for testing are included with each purchase. This simple, low-cost test for Cyanide is the only test available on the market that can be used at home that provides instant results. 

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