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toxicity screening Applications

  • Pesticide and toxin screening for the food industry

    The number of pesticides and other potentially dangerous toxins is increasing constantly, posing special analytical challenges. It is crucial to screen food for the presence of toxins accurately and reliably, and to ensure the safety and quality of nutrition. To do so, we have to have the knowledge about how to deal with several hundreds of different poisonous matters. Bruker delivers solutions that meet the requirements for the identification and quantification of toxicants during the screening of each sample. Bruker’s high-performance TOF-MS is ideally suited for all screening tasks. And Bruker’s SCION series sets a new industry standard for GC-MS. Their easy usability, sensitivisty, robustness and performance make SCION solutions a major technology in food safety.

    By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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    Environmental testing & compliance screening for energy/environmental sector

    Compliance screening and testing is often carried out during the manufacturing phase of a product, and all the way through its disposal or recycling process. It ensures that products and materials meet specific standards or comply with international and local directives or regulations. These standards and regulations are introduced to ensure the quality and safety of a product, and to minimise or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and people. Examples of products or materials tested are: electrical and electronic equipment (for compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive), waste oils, soil (soil remediation depending on contents of toxic metals), children’s products (for compliance with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008), etc.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Waste water treatment plants Screening area: stripping

    Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. To ensure the safety of operatives in the screening building/area of waste water treatment works an H2S analyzer has been installed in the main building to complement the protection provided by individual monitors. Chromatographic measurements show that other sulfurous compounds including Methylmercaptans are present in the air in addition to H2S.

    By Chromatotec Group based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE.

  • Automation of molecular pathology

    Tumor markers found in blood, urine and body tissues can be used in diagnosing and treating cancer. Each tumor marker is indicative of a particular disease and thus can be used for the screening, monitoring and diagnosis of specific tumor types. In addition to being used in prognosis, these molecular markers help to predict the response, resistance and toxicity to therapy. For example, BCR-ABL gene sequence detection is used to diagnose chronic myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphatic leukemia.

    By Aurora Biomed Inc. based in Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • XRF analysis for product testing & toy safety

    Each week brings a new report of problems with toy safety and consumer product safety. Ultimately, contract manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and brand owners all face potential liability when they fail to comply with laws which restrict the levels of toxic materials in their products. Handheld Niton analysers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Importers, brand owners and retailers can implement a standardised inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing.

    By Niton UK Limited based in Woodmancott, Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

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