GC-MS/MS Analysis of Pesticide Residue in Green Tea Extracted by QuEChERS with Acetonitrile as Final Solvent
Poster Jul 30, 2014
Cojocariu C., Morgan P., Silcock P., Godula M
This poster describes the analysis of several challenging pesticides from green tea samples using GC MS/MS and acetonitrile as final extraction solvent. The compounds analysed are representatives of various classes of pesticides, such as carboxamids, OC, OP, pyrethriods, aromatic, phenylamides. QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, Safe) is a well known approach used for the extraction and clean-up of pesticide residue in various matrices. Typically, the final extract ends up with the pesticides in acetonitrile. Direct injection of acetonitrile extracts is problematic in GC-MS compared to LC-MS because of poor focusing of chromatographic peaks due to the high polarity of acetonitrile, limitations on injection volumes due to the high expansion coefficient of acetonitrile and contamination of the system by matrix co-extractives .
Here we present a simple and robust analytical method which employs low volume splitless injections of acetonitrile sample extracts and the selectivity of the Thermo Scientific™ TSQ™ 8000 triple quadrupole GC-MS/MS instrument. With this approach, pesticide target reporting limits of <0.01 mg/kg can be easily achieved. This also overcomes the problems associated with the thermal expansion of acetonitrile and reduces the amount of matrix injected.
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Fast arsenic speciation analysis of wines and rice with LC-ICP-QQQPoster
This method was designed in response to recent and proposed food standards, both international and national, that limit inorganic arsenic rather than total, organic, or individual arsenic species such as arsenite (AsIII) and arsenate (AsV). Analysis time is 10x faster than the current FDA regulatory method, increasing sample throughput, avoided spectral interferences and dramatically increased sensitivity. Validation data from two laboratories demonstrate the method’s accuracy and reproducibility of both wine and rice matrices in a single analytical batch.READ MORE
Elemental profiles of whiskies allow differentiation by type and region by inductively coupled plasma –optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)Poster
The analysis of the elemental composition of whiskies provides a host of important information including sample origin and understanding how different whiskey styles are caused by processing equipment and raw materials. Preliminary data analysis of the whiskies showed that element compositions could possibly be used to differentiate samples based on age, type, and region.READ MORE