Screening Medical Marijuana for Pesticides by GC-MS/MS
Di Wang, Laura Chambers, William Lipps, Zhuangzhi ‘Max’ Wang, Robert Clifford; Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD, USA
Since medical marijuana (MM) was legalized in California in 1996, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws allowing its use for a variety of medical conditions. From a consumer safety point-of-view, quantitation of the pesticide residues in MM products has begun to attract wide interest. There are several problems associated with analysis of pesticide residues in MM. First and foremost, there are very few regulatory guidelines established to define which pesticides to include or what the detection limits should be, and secondly the matrix is very complex with significant interferences. Finally, sample load is growing exponentially, so the chosen method must be quick and easy to perform. Trace level pesticide analysis in complex food matrices have been done for many years with similar challenges, thus many of the analytical protocols emerging for the MM matrix are based on these well-established techniques.
Triple-quadrupole GC-MS/MS operated in MRM mode provides significant sensitivity and selectivity, but method development can be expensive and time consuming. This poster describes streamlined method development process for analysis of pesticide residues in MM using a QuEChERS sample preparation method, followed by GC-MS/MS detection and quantitation.
Using Elemental Analysis For Discrimination Of Pinot Noir Wines From Six Different Districts In An AvaPoster
The determination of geographical origin of wine is gaining increased interest by researchers and federal agencies around the world, partially due to increased fraud with regards to place of origin labelling. For wine, multi-elemental profiling of macro, micro, and trace elements has been proposed for determination of authenticity. Commercial wines from different wineries in 5 different neighborhoods within one AVA show characteristic elemental fingerprints. Macro, micro and trace elements as well as elemental ratios contribute to the observed separation, indicating the involvement of multiple factors and underlying mechanisms, including location and soil composition, elemental uptake by vine and rootstock, viticulture and nutrient management, water sources, and small differences in the different wineries.READ MORE
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
Proteomics and Substrate Based MS Imaging of Xenobiotic Metabolising Enzymes in Ex Vivo Human Skin and a Human Living Skin Equivalent ModelPoster
Untargeted proteomics analysis showed that human skin and a commercially available living skin equivalent model exhibit a similar distribution of xenobiotic metabolising enzymes. A new technique, substrate based mass spectrometry imaging (SB-MSI) was developed during this study.READ MORE