Applied Biosystems Launches Automated Testing System for Food Contaminant Detection
Product News May 31, 2006
Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX has announced the automated system for better detection of food contaminants, such as pesticides, dyes, mould-related toxins and chemical and antibiotic residues.
As the first application in the family of Cliquid™ Software for routine laboratory analysis, Cliquid Software for Food Testing increases the precision and comprehensiveness of food contaminant testing while also simplifying the process.
As a result, food producers, manufacturers and public health testing facilities in the highly regulated environment of food production and safety testing can thoroughly identify a wider range of contaminants.
Cliquid Software has been designed to bring point-and-click functionality to the Applied Biosystems high performance LC/MS/MS systems.
One of several collaborators to help define the requirements for LC/MS/MS analysis in the food testing market was Dr Philippe Guy of the Quality and Safety Assurance Department at the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"The Cliquid Software provides research facilities, like ours at Nestle, with the ability to deploy new validated methods, instrument tests and reporting requirements more easily to our regional laboratories," said Dr Guy.
"Indeed, with such a simple interface and workflow, laboratory personnel can adopt LC/MS/MS techniques and rapidly produce high quality standardised results."
With pre-configured testing methods and the flexibility to create and add new methods, Cliquid Software allows testing facilities of any size to develop systematic testing protocols.
Results are captured in automatically generated reports that can be customised to meet quality control, regulatory and laboratory requirements worldwide.
"Applied Biosystems is responding to the persistent threat of food contamination by reshaping the food testing process," said Leonard Klevan, President for Applied Biosystems' Applied Markets division.
"With Cliquid Software, routine testing no longer has to mean routine complexity."
Cliquid Software for Food Testing will be available as a stand-alone software package or as part of a complete testing system that includes either the Applied Biosystems API 3200™ or 3200 Q TRAP® mass spectrometers, coupled with an HPLC system and starter kit, and installation and applications training.
Cliquid Software for Food Testing is expected to be available in July 2006.
"The Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX joint venture delivers innovations that can be applied to ensure high quality food safety testing," said Andy Boorn, President of MDS SCIEX.
"Cliquid Software for Food Testing will put the power of mass spectrometry into the hands of food testers worldwide."
Cliquid Software will be demonstrated at the 54th annual American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) conference in Seattle this week.