Reliable Diagnostic Supplies, Lab Reagents Newsletter, Aug 2023

Suppliers of laboratory products for use in food safety, human pathology, veterinary diagnostics, water testing, and plant pathology.

Our company is a distributor of a variety of laboratory testing solutions. We are based in Kempton Park, South Africa and serve customers throughout the whole SADC region.

RDS products are ideal for the following laboratories:

We work with reputable manufacturing partners throughout the world, and we carefully select them based on the quality of products they produce and their regulatory compliance.

Please go through the different sections below, based on which section is applicable to your work, to learn about some of the laboratory products we have on spotlight.

Food Safety   |   Human Pathology   |   Plant Pathology   |   Animal Pathology   |   Water Quality

Food Safety Testing

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Advantages of using CompactDry EC to detect Escherichia coli and coliforms in food and beverages

Compact Dry is a simple and safe procedure for determining and quantifying microorganisms in food, cosmetics and other raw materials, including pharmaceuticals. The ready-to-use Compact Dry chromogenic plates are suitable for both in-process and final product controls.

Usage of Compact Dry EC is a simple and safe test procedure for determination and quantification of coliform bacteria and E. coli in foods, cosmetics, water or raw materials – as well as pharmaceutical raw materials. The ready-to-use plates consist of a special 50 mm diameter petri dish containing a detection specific nutrient pad.

Compact Dry EC is an extremely easy-to-use method and also convincing due to the high time saving; a confirmation test is also not necessary.

Full Range on the RDS Website

New Partner for Food Diagnostics

Biorex Food Diagnostics (UK) manufactures innovative solutions for food and feed safety testing and life science research. 
The range of ELISA test kits covers tests for antibiotic residues, allergens, growth hormones, honey quality, mycotoxins, and pesticides.

Download Biorex Food Diagnostics Catalogue


Clinical Diagnostics

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Capilia TB-Neo, a tool for rapid distinction between tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria

The Capilia TB-Neo assay is a rapid, simple, and inexpensive identification test for identification of mycobacterial culture isolates that has been evaluated extensively and also endorsed by WHO.
Rapid test for the identification of M. tuberculosis complex, through detection of MPB64 protein.
Extremely high specificity to M. tuberculosis complex with equivalent accuracy to the nucleic acid probe assay.
Fast test results with one-step operation, reading time is only 15 mins with no special equipment required.

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Addition of WHO-prequalified tests to the RDS range

We are pleased to announce that we have added the MERISCREEN rapid test kits for HIV 1/2 and Malaria Pf/Pan testing which carry WHO-prequalification.


3rd Generation Assay
Detection of IgG, IgG, and IgA Antibodies
Coated Ag: gp120, gp41 for HIV 1 and gp36 for HIV 2

Results in 20 mins
Diagnostic Sensitivity: >99.5%
Diagnostic Specificity: >99.0%


Rapid tes for differential diagnosis of Malaria
Based on HRP II and pLDH enzymes.
No preprocessing of samples.
Results in 20 mins.
Sensitivity: 50 parasites/ul

New rapid test for detecting Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) from bacterial cultures

Five-in-one: Comprehensive, Precision, Fast

Carbapenems are atypical β-lactam antibiotics with the broadest antibacterial spectrum and the strongest antibacterial activity, and are one of the most important antibacterial drugs for the treatment of serious bacterial infections.

This product is used for the in vitro qualitative detection of KPC, NDM, OXA-48, IMP and VIM type carbapenemases in bacterial samples obtained after culture, for the rapid identification of the presence of one or more of the five carbapenemases in bacterial samples and for the identification of patients' resistance to carbapenem antibiotics.

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Plant Testing

Plant pathology diagnostic testing reagents

We work with Agdia Inc, who manufacture a range of diagnostic tests for plant pathogens as well as GMO/Trait testing.

This partnership enhances our expansion into the plant pathology and GMO testing industries through provision of products of highest quality to scientists.


Rapid and easy-to-use lateral flow test that can be used on-site. Reliable results can be obtained in minutes. ImmunoStrip® tests are sold with 5 or 25 strips for pathogens detection.


Agdia’s AmplifyRP® testing platform uses a patented isothermal amplification technology, Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA), which enables highly specific and sensitive DNA or RNA analysis of plant pathogens in any type of testing environment.

AmplifyRP® technology achieves the sensitivity and specificity of PCR-based testing methods, but has some clear advantages. Unlike PCR, AmplifyRP® testing formats do not require thermal cycling. The entire process is completed at a single operating temperature (39°C) using a portable hot block or fluorometer.

Additionally, AmplifyRP® does not require a DNA or RNA purification step. Crude sample extracts can be prepared using a simple extraction buffer and can be tested directly. This makes the testing process very simple and saves the end user valuable time.

Molecular results can be obtained in as little as 30 mins!

GMO Tests

Plant Pathogen Tests

Veterinary Testing

Veterinary Diagnostic Tests from Megacor and RDS

We partner with Megacor Diagnostik, Austria, for the supply of veterinary in vitro diagnostic reagents for veterinarians, veterinary hospitals and veterinary laboratories for small and large animals. Megacor's competence is the detection of bacterial, viral and parasitic infectious pathogens and their antibodies.

The products offered by Megacor Diagnostik include rapid tests (FASTest®), immunofluorescence tests (MegaFLUO® IFA) and other test systems.

It is important for us that veterinarians and veterinary laboratories can use the possibilities of modern diagnostics directly and on-site.

Veterinary Tests

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) ELISA Tests from RDS

Our Italian partner, Iszler, has teamed up with The Pirbright Institute (UK) for the development of a range of FMD ELISA test kits which can be purchased through RDS.

Please note we will need to obtain a permit from DALRRD before we can supply these tests to authorized labs. Contact us for more info.

Izsler FMDV Range

Water Testing

Waterborne IMS-Grab Bead Test for Water Parasite Testing

Waterborne Grab™ beads are designed for use in the capture and isolation of Giardia spp. cysts, or Cryptosporidium spp. oocysts. The beads are provided as a monodisperse, stable suspension of super-paramagnetic particles that measure approximately 1.4-1.6 um in diameter.

The IMS-Grab™ Bead kits are designed for use in the IMS protocol contained in US EPA Methods 1622, 1623, and 1623.1

Water Testing Range