Technological advances in instrumentation have allowed for faster and more accurate analysis of food, feed, and grain products.
Feed and food safety have become a priority in the production of food for animals and humans. With the mass production of ingredients, product contamination can spread quickly through the food chain. The contamination may be due to a particular toxin, bacteria or residue.
One area of instrumentation advancement is Liquid Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrophotometery, or LC/MSMS. The LC/MSMS separates out different compounds and measures the amount up to parts per billion.
Although this technology was first explored as early as the 1970’s, interfacing the LC with the MS proved difficult and it wasn’t until the early 90s when APCI (Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization) and ESI (electrospray ionization) interfaces allowed for a rise in the application of the technique. LC/MSMS applications now allow for the screening of hundreds of contaminants by way of a single analysis of a sample.
Some of the contaminants that can be analyzed using LC/MSMS include mycotoxins, antibiotics, melamine, and pesticide residues. The technology allows for sub-parts per billion detection limits and can be applied to water, raw or processed food products, feed, and grain products.
Understanding the importance of feed and food safety, SGS North America aims to assist clients in determining if their products, exports or purchases contain any contaminants.
SGS laboratories in the U.S. and across the globe utilize LC/MSMS along with other state-of-the-art analytical techniques to provide contaminant analysis in order to ensure the quality and safety of products.
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