New Workflow Facilitates Routine Determination of Pesticides in Food Samples
Product News Sep 09, 2019
The new Thermo Scientific Pesticide Explorer workflow is designed to provide food testing laboratories with a robust testing solution for the analysis of multi-class pesticides. This is achieved by combining advanced high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (MS) capabilities for the reliable and sensitive quantitation of pesticides in complex sample matrices. The goal of this is to help food testing laboratories more efficiently comply with global regulatory requirements.
The Pesticide Explorer brings together the sample preparation, hardware and software capabilities required by food testing laboratories for the targeted analysis of multi-class pesticides. Easily configured to meet the needs of individual laboratories, the Pesticide Explorer workflow is designed to improve productivity throughout the preparation, separation, detection and analysis of pesticides in challenging food samples.
The robust workflow consists of the Thermo Scientific Vanquish Flex Binary UHPLC System with the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantis Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer; verified consumables, such as the Thermo Scientific HyperSep Dispersive SPE Mylar Pouches (QuEChERS) and Thermo Scientific Accucore aQ C18 Endcapped LC columns; and analytical software solutions, including Thermo Scientific TraceFinder and Thermo Scientific Chromeleon Chromatography Data System (CDS) software.
"Pesticides are used to protect the world’s crops, but their presence beyond pre-defined safety limits also poses health risks to consumers and must be closely monitored by food testing laboratories," said Dipankar Ghosh, director, marketing, food and beverage, chromatography and mass spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "The Pesticide Explorer validated workflow is designed to detect multi-class pesticides in line with European Union (EU) SANTE guidelines, helping to increase productivity for food testing laboratories and safeguard consumers and the global food chain."