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Han Zuilhof, Wageningen University, speaking at Biodetection & Biosensors 2015
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Haroun Shah, Public Health England, speaking at Clinical Applications of Mass Spectrometry.

Market Reports
Immunoassay Auto Trends 2014

This report comprehensively documents current practices and preferences in immunoassays and to understand future user requirements, particularly with respect to immunoassay automation.
Scientific News
The MaxSignal Colistin ELISA Test Kit from Bioo Scientific
Kit can help prevent the antibiotic apocalypse by keeping last resort drugs out of the food supply.
Kitchen Utensils Can Spread Bacteria Between Foods
In a recent study researchers found that produce that contained bacteria would contaminate other produce items through the continued use of knives or graters—the bacteria would latch on to the utensils commonly found in consumers' homes and spread to the next item.
GMO Food Animals Should be Judged by Product, Not Process
In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, says a UC Davis animal scientist.
Acetaldehyde and Formaldehyde Content in Foods
Korean researchers have determined the content of the toxic and carcinogenic aldehydes, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, in a variety of food groups.
Increasing Vitamin D Supplementation
New study from ETH Zurich finds that elderly women should consume more vitamin D than previously recommended during the winter months.
IARC Monographs Evaluate Consumption of Red Meat and Processed Meat
Processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
Nanoparticles in Foods Raise Safety Questions
Nanoparticles can make foods like jawbreaker candies brighter and creamier and keep them fresh longer. But researchers are still in the dark about what the tiny additives do once inside our bodies.
Arsenic Found in Many U.S. Red Wines
A new University of Washington study that tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.
Viruses Join Fight Against Harmful Bacteria
Engineered viruses could combat human disease and improve food safety.
Plastic for Dinner
Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.
Business News
Shimadzu Wins R&D 100 Award for Nexera Unified Chromatography System
The Nexera UC system is the world’s first ever unified and fully automated system that combines supercritical fluidic extraction (SFE) with supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC).
FDA OK’s AquAdvantage Salmon
After an exhaustive and rigorous scientific review, FDA has arrived at the decision that AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as any non-genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon, and also as nutritious.
Improving Resilience Through Innovation
Plant-microbe interactions, innovative disease monitoring, data visualisation and the opportunities for farm-based science are among the topics discussed at Agri-Tech East’s conference REAP 11 November.
Luminex and Bio-Techne Extend and Expand Partnership
Company expands global distribution of award-winning multiplexing instrumentation.
New Regulations for Producers Will Benefit Consumers
Food safety experts at Iowa State University are taking a lead role to help producers in Iowa and the Midwest comply with new federal regulations to guarantee the food we eat is safe.
FAO and Mars Join Forces to Strengthen Food Safety
FAO and Mars Incorporated, one of the largest global food manufacturers, will work together to achieve better food safety and quality along the food chains especially in developing countries.
Bruker’s NMR FoodScreener™ Laboratory Achieves ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation
Bruker announced that its NMR FoodScreener™ laboratory for food authenticity and quality determination, located in Rheinstetten, Germany, has been granted ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
BIA Separations Slovenia Raises EUR 1.5 Million from META Ingenium
Company to expand the business to food industry and strengthen its balance sheet.
Clear Labs Launches To Bring Next-Gen Genomics to the Food Industry
Company closes $6.5M Series A to analyze food samples at the molecular level and reveal insights that go far beyond labels.
Rheonix Receives Patent for Molecular Diagnostic Testing Device
The company has been granted patent 9,132,398, “Integrated Microfluidic Device and Methods,” for the Rheonix CARD® cartridge, which enables assays to be performed on the company’s EncompassMDx® and Encompass Optimum™ instruments.

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Spice Wars- Are You Battle Ready? Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids via Gas Chromatography—High Resolution Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
LECO Corporation, Berrien County Forensic Laboratory

-EI/CI workflow facilitates confident compound identification.
-GC-HRT and HR-CI source provides high quality, accurate mass data for:
-Database searches (NIST, Wiley, etc.)
-Formula determination (fragment, molecular, and adduct ions)
A proteomic analysis of p27kip1-binding proteins reveals a putative role in transcription regulation through RNA polymerase II interaction
1.-Department of Cell Biology, Immunology and Neurosciences, University of Barcelona-IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain 2.-INSERM UMR1037-Cancer Research Center of Tolouse, Universite de Tolouse, CNRS ERL5294

A proteomic analysis of p27kip1-binding proteins reveals a putative role in transcription regulation through RNA polymerase II interaction
Quantitative Analysis Of Pesticides In Quechers Extracts Using UPLC- and APGC- MS/MS
Waters Corporation, Wilmslow, SK9 4AX, United Kingdom

In this study, we demonstrate sensitive, accurate and repeatable results for the analysis of pesticides in QuEChERS extracts of a selection of
commodities below the regulatory limits.
TGA/IST16/GC/MS coupling : an advanced technique for LLDPE structure interpretation
1 SRA Instruments, 210 rue des Sources 69280 Marcy l'Etoile, France - 2 Université de Lyon, Univ. Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, CNRS UMR 5265, Laboratoire de Chimie Catalyse Polymères et Procédés (C2P2), Equipe

An innovative TGA/IST16/GC/MS coupling is presented.
Jomo Kentyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), and Foundation of Analytical Science and Technology in Africa (UK).

From this study, the pain killers sampled were found to have large error bars suggesting that there exist counterfeit drugs in the market. The brands mostly affected for analysis of acetaminophen were panadol, action, P500, P5500, elymol and neladol. The error bars for caffeine analysis were quite low indicating that all tablets either counterfeit or original maintained the same amount of this active ingredient.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Generally, honey samples recorded very low concentrations of As compared to the other heavy metals determined in this study. The highest concentration of As was recorded in honey sample from Nairobi with a value of 0.03±0.01 ppm. All the values recorded were within the KEBS permitted value of 0.5 ppm in food according to Kenya Bureaue of Standards, 1996.
Prospecting For Iron and Titanium Using Termitaria
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

This study demonstrated elevated levels of the two metals (that is iron and titanium) in termitaria soil compared to the surrounding soils. Termitaria are very important bioturbators and can therefore be used as preliminary step in mineral prospecting since they provide an indication of the potential of the positive anomaly, and enables a judgment on the scale of the metal accumulation
Pathogenesis and Clinical Presentation of Throat Candidiasis in Durrës area, Albania

In our study we have analyzed 1317 people, in the Microbiology Laboratory of DRSH, Durrës, Albania, suspected for C. albicans throat infections. Individuals we analysed were females and males, of different age groups, for the period of time between April 2012 and December 2013.

Integrating Fluorescent Carbon Nanodot Synthesis and Optical Detection of Methylmercury
University of Vigo (Spain)

In the last years, a great interest toward development of optical nanoprobes has arisen, so fluorescent nanomaterials have been implemented in analytical systems for the detection of several species. In this work, a novel assay that integrates the synthesis of fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) and sensing within one step, for the fast, sensitive and selective detection of methylmercury is presented.
A FastGC Proton-Transfer-Reaction Quadrupole Ion Guide Time-of-Flight (PTR-QiTOF) Mass Spectrometer
1)Ionicon Analytik GmbH, Eduard- Bodem-Gasse 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria and 2) Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik, Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

In order to identify and quantify isomeric compounds independently in real-time, we introduce a novel approach where we integrate a fast GC column (“fastGC”) into a PTR-QiTOF instrument. The outstanding sensitivity of the new PTR-QiTOF (up to 4,700 cps/ppbv) is crucial for applications where time per analysis is limited, e.g. nosespace in food and flavor research. Particularly, in these fields the chemical environment is normally very complex so that a high selectivity is essential as well.
Application Notes
Utilization of kinITC in AFFINImeter
Malvern Instruments Limited

This note discusses how and when can kinetic information be retrieved from ITC power curves.
Aseptic Identification of Polysorbates using Handheld Raman
Rigaku Raman Technologies

As polysorbates are reactive to light and air, packaging is usually in thick, dark, amber bottles. This makes the identification process more difficult, as opening the container could compromise the sterility and quality of these materials. Handheld Raman is capable of identifying these materials without any sampling or preparation.
Herbal Materials and Natural Foods Analysis with Handheld Raman
Rigaku Raman Technologies

Dietary supplement manufacturers are required to use at least one appropriate test method to verify the identity of any component or excipient that is used in the manufacturing of a dietary supplement, as well as confirmation of identity of the product.
Simple sample preparation for the determination of vitamin D in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

A growing number of laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for the determination of vitamin D. The advantage of the latter method is unparalleled specificity combined with high sensitivity, offering the potential for the determination of multiple analytes, such as 25OH-vitamin D3 and 25OH-vitamin D2.
Automated Sample Preparation of 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2 from Serum with the AC Extraction Plate and the Tecan Freedom EVO® for the quantification by LC-MS/MS
Tecan Group Ltd.

There is an increasing demand for the determination of Vitamin D status which is based on the quantification of the two metabolites 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2. Numerous laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) because of its specificity combined with high sensitivity. Moreover LC-MS/MS offers the potential for multianalyte determination which is required for Vitamin D status determination.
Colony Picking - fully automated screening of fungi
Tecan Group Ltd.

Manual screening processes are very costly and time consuming. This ambitious project for high throughput screening (HTS) of cellulase-producing fungal strains demonstrates the high capacity and unique features of the Freedom EVO colony picking workstation. The picking of fungi is more complex than for typical bacterial colonies, and requires advanced selection criteria to be combined with complex pipetting and a tip movement that mimics the manual picking process.
Can LC-MS/MS Be Used in Horse Meat Detection?

Following the Food Standards Agency’s announcement that horse and pig DNA had been identified in beef products sold by several supermarket chains, further testing has revealed widespread incidences of such contamination. This application note details a rapid, robust, sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS assay for the simultaneous detection of horse meat and the banned substance phenylbutazone (BUTE).
Determination of sodium in margarine manufacture
Metrohm AG

This application note describes the determination of the total sodium content of precursor solutions used in margarine manufacture.
Determination of sodium in soy milk
Metrohm AG

This Application Note describes the determination of the total Sodium content in soy milk products. The methodology may also be applied to the determination of Sodium in milk from cows, goats, and sheep.
ORAC Assay for the Determination of Antioxidant Capacity in Foods
Tecan Group - Products

Measuring oxygen radical absorbance capacity with the Infinite® 200 PRO multimode reader.

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