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Thermo Fisher Scientific Transforms and Simplifies POPs Analysis with Pesticide Analyzer Reference Package

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., has announced the second version of the Pesticide Analyzer Method Reference, a unique reference guide that simplifies the analysis of an expanded number of pesticides in environmental and food samples. The new guide transforms the way pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as PCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs are analyzed.

The newly revised, all-inclusive solution provides step-by-step information on using the QuEChERS extraction method, including all required consumables. In addition, the Pesticide Analyzer Reference assists users in method development for analyses of pesticides and POPs using the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum XLS triple quadrupole GC-MS/MS.

The TSQ Quantum XLS continues to demonstrate that it provides a leading technology for high-throughput, multi-residue screening of a large number of pesticides in a single analytical run, with the highest sensitivity and matrix selectivity.

The Pesticide Method Reference can save weeks of method set-up time typically required to optimize analysis conditions for a large number of compounds. All information is provided on compact disc or can be directly uploaded to an instrument. A search tool for compounds, based on scientific, common and trade names, is also included.

Pesticide screening analyses are challenging because of the vast number of pesticide compounds containing a wide range of chemistries. Building on the success of the original Pesticide Analyzer Reference package and Thermo Fisher’s extensive experience in pesticide analysis, the company has developed this expanded package that increases the number of pesticides and contaminants scientists can now analyze.

The new Pesticide Analyzer Reference package provides maximum performance in the most challenging applications. By providing a proven method, easy system set-up and “best practices” for successful pesticide analysis, the reference package is designed to significantly reduce method development time and associated costs.

The Thermo Scientific Pesticide Analyzer Reference package generates proven SRM transitions for more than 700 different pesticides, POPs and other organic contaminants, giving the highest level of performance. Pesticide samples may be extracted using the QuEChERS technique and can be located using CAS number, name or chemical formula, making it quick and simple to identify pesticides, dioxins, furans and other contaminants.

The reference package also provides a numbered list for consumables and sample preparation methods, saving time and reducing consumables and columns waste.

The combination of materials, consumables and instrumentation provided by the package has been specifically developed to allow environmental and food safety testing laboratories to rapidly implement new methods and become productive within only days of installation.

The new Pesticide Analyzer Reference complements other Thermo Fisher initiatives to ensure food safety globally, including a recently developed workflow solution for POPs analysis comprised of instruments, software and consumables used in screening to confirmation.

The company also recently announced a new Center of Excellence for POPs in Bremen, Germany that is staffed with experts in POPs analysis and has leading instrumentation to support laboratories in the research and monitoring of dioxins and other POPs found in food and the environment.