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    AutoChem - Process Analytical Technology (PAT)/Quality by Design (QbD)

    Process Analytical Technology (PAT) has been implemented for years, particularly by the chemical industry for the control of chemical processes. More recently, PAT has become a cornerstone of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (US FDA) Quality by Design (QbD) initiative for both the design and control of quality processes. For this reason, the pharmaceutical industry is also active in utilizing PAT tools. PAT tools can be implemented in both the lab and the plant, with laboratory PAT focused more on the design of a quality process and with plant PAT focused on the monitoring and control of the process.

    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc based in Greifensee, SWITZERLAND.

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    A New GC-MS Method for Mycotoxin Analysis Using 13C-marked Mycotoxin Derivatives

    Andreas Breidbach [1] and Wolfgang Brodacz [2,3,4] developed a new GC-MS method using fully 13C isotopelabelled analogues of T-2 toxin and HT-2 toxin that allows for the detection of these toxins at concentrations as low as 2–5 ppb.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Increased Pigment Removal with Analysis of Pesticides in Oranges

    An application was developed to demonstrate increased pigment removal for the analysis of pesticides, using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep/C18 QuEChERS and an Ascentis® Express C18 HPLC Column. The improved cleanup can decrease column and instrument fouling, leading to extended LC column lifetime and reduced instrument downtime.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Process Analytics - Biotech and Hygienic Processes

    METTLER TOLEDO/INGOLD offers a wide range of hygienic and sterilizable/auto- clavable measurement solutions for biotech and hygienic processes. Based on field experiences and expertises in hygienic design for CIP (Cleaning-in-Place) and SIP (Sterilization-in-Place) applications our solutions comply with the most stringent industry requirements. Critical biotech/hygienic applications in pharmaceutical, food and beverage are controlled by measuring pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, CO2 and turbidity.

    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc based in Greifensee, SWITZERLAND.

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    Analysis of Pesticides in Beef Kidney

    The suitability of the new cleanup sorbent, Supel QuE Z-Sep+, has been successfully demonstrated for cleanup of beef kidney matrix. It was found to effectively reduce background without significantly reducing recovery of lipophilic pesticides such as organochlorines and some pyrethroids. GC-MS full-scan data indicated Z-Sep+ was found to provide better cleanup in the form of reduced background than PSA/C18, and less interference in the GC-MS/SIM analysis of the target pesticides themselves.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Analysis of Methylimidazoles in Caramel Colored Carbonated Beverages

    Caramel colorings are used as additives in a broad range of food and beverage products to impart a desired color, but have no nutritional or preservative function. Recently, the potential hazard to humans of ammonia- and ammonia-sulfite-process caramel colorings was raised, because they contain the by-product 4-methylimidazole, which is a potential carcinogen.1 The methylimidazole compounds are difficult to analyze due to their polar nature and low molecular weight. Traditional reversed phase techniques are unsuccessful in retaining these small polar compounds. Therefore, most HPLC methods utilize ion-exchange resins for analysis. Another common method involves GC analysis after the analytes first undergo a derivatization step. The purpose of the work shown in this article was to develop a simple and fast analytical method to determine the levels of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole in caramel colored carbonated beverages.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Reduced Fat Interference with Analysis of Pesticides in Avocados

    QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, Safe) is a very popular method for the extraction and cleanup of fruit and vegetable samples for pesticide residue analysis.2-4 The extraction step uses acetonitrile and a salting out effect (with MgSO4). Cleanup is then accomplished using dispersive SPE (dSPE) followed by a centrifuge step prior to analysis. This application shows the clean-up and analysis using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep+ QuEChERS and an SLB®-5ms GC column.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Chromatography laboratory instrumentation for food & beverage

    Effective measures against food fraud, efficient and healthy food processing and the development of functional food and neutraceuticals are just few of many challenges in modern F&B production and analysis. BUCHI offers classical reference methods and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for food analysis, but also visualization of production processes using spray drying and encapsulation.

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG based in Postfach, SWITZERLAND.

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    Determination of heavy metals in food

    This analytical procedure is intended for measuring the content of the elements (cadmium, lead, arsenic, tin, chromium and mercury) in the samples of food products by atomic absorption spectrometry with electrothermal atomization using an “MGA-915M” Graphite Furnace AA Spectrometer.

    The method is based on measuring resonance radiation absorption that occurs when the radiation passes through a layer of atomic vapor in the electrically heated graphite furnace of the “MGA-915M” AA spectrometer. The concentration of the elements is determined from the integrated analytical signal and is calculated using a preset calibration graph. The samples of food products are digested prior to analysis in accordance with standard methods. 

    By Lumex Instruments Group based in Mission, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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    Microbiological solutions for the food safety & nutrition industry

    Our labs are USDA recognized and are under government grants to conduct food microbiological research. Approved test methodologies include carefully selected FDA, USDA, BAM, USP and AOAC official methods. For more information about food safety methods, check out these Food Safety Guides. The MiL routinely performs rapid microbial identifications, confirmations, and tracks contaminant sources of all pathogenic, indicator and spoilage organisms using the latest technologies such as GC FAME, Biolog®, Ribotyping, and 16S rRNA base pair sequencing. Our computerized identification databases have over 3,500 microorganisms profiled and include all pathogenic bacterial strain subspecies, yeast and molds, and actinomycetes.

    By Microbe Inotech Laboratories, Inc based in St. Louis, MISSOURI (USA).

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    Flow and analysis measurement for food industry

    Application: Pipe with 0.3 m diameter. Part filled. Pipe made of HDPE. Shift production. Heavy flow fluctuation. Low sedimentation.

    By NIVUS GmbH based in Eppingen, GERMANY.

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    Online monitoring solutions for the food & beverage industries

    Several on-line monitoring technologies such as non-destructive types have become increasingly important due to the increasing automation and the incorporation of new and more efficient processes in the food industry. Food quality and safety of food are the main points of interest. AppliTek builds and supplies the necessary analytical tools that will allow for a high throughput and a short response time to increase process efficiency and reduce waste, with seamless integration in the existing infrastructure.

    By AppliTek NV based in Nazareth, BELGIUM.

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    Analytical and measuring instruments of food and beverage industry

    The demands of your high-throughput food and beverage QA/QC laboratory require high-speed and quality analysis. Whether analyzing the degradation of edible oils or the vitamins in baby food, or quantifying food additives, pesticide residues or the color in packaging materials, or determining the distinct aroma found in natural products, Shimadzu instruments are used throughout the process to keep your lab running smoothly and your customers satisfied.

    By Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc based in Columbia, MARYLAND (USA).

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    Process instrumentation and analytics solutions for food and beverage industry

    Siemens Industry offers greater efficiency and productivity for the food and beverages industry: Lower costs, more flexible production, reproducible quality and efficient tracking and tracing – with our range of products and services for the manufacture of food and beverages, you can overcome almost any challenge.

    By Siemens Industry, Inc. - Process Analytics based in Houston, TEXAS (USA).

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    Resin technology solutions for the softening & demineralization - industrial sector

    Industrial water softening is a process that utilizes ion exchange resins to reduce the concentration of calcium and magnesium ions. These alkaline earth metals can cause scaling and insolubility problems in the everyday uses of water by forming calcium and magnesium carbonate scales.

    By Purolite Corporation based in Bala Cynwyd, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

  • 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).

  • Increased Pigment Removal with Analysis of Pesticides in Oranges

    An application was developed to demonstrate increased pigment removal for the analysis of pesticides, using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep/C18 QuEChERS and an Ascentis® Express C18 HPLC Column. The improved cleanup can decrease column and instrument fouling, leading to extended LC column lifetime and reduced instrument downtime.

    By MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

  • Reduced Fat Interference with Analysis of Pesticides in Avocados

    QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, Safe) is a very popular method for the extraction and cleanup of fruit and vegetable samples for pesticide residue analysis.2-4 The extraction step uses acetonitrile and a salting out effect (with MgSO4). Cleanup is then accomplished using dispersive SPE (dSPE) followed by a centrifuge step prior to analysis. This application shows the clean-up and analysis using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep+ QuEChERS and an SLB®-5ms GC column.

    By MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

  • Beverage Analysis

    Hiden gas analysis systems provide for high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, real-time analysis of almost any gas/vapour. Hiden’s application specific gas analysis systems are tailored to meet the specific application requirements, & include a range of special sampling, vacuum pumping and vacuum accessories. Hot zone sampling accessories are included for evolved gas analysis from furnaces, & thermo gravimetric analysers, TGA, for example. Thermal analysis methods are vital for catalysis characterization. For thermal analysis including TPD/TPO/TPR studies, Hiden gas analysis systems include enhanced pumping for hydrogen and special close coupled sampling to the TPD/TPO/TPR reactor for optimum thermal analysis response. In Biogas applications the simultaneous analysis of H2S, CO2, water vapour & CH4 in the PPM to 100% concentration range provides vital information for process development and process monitoring

    By Hiden Analytical Ltd. based in Warrington, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Analysis of Methylimidazoles in Caramel Colored Carbonated Beverages

    Caramel colorings are used as additives in a broad range of food and beverage products to impart a desired color, but have no nutritional or preservative function. Recently, the potential hazard to humans of ammonia- and ammonia-sulfite-process caramel colorings was raised, because they contain the by-product 4-methylimidazole, which is a potential carcinogen.1 The methylimidazole compounds are difficult to analyze due to their polar nature and low molecular weight. Traditional reversed phase techniques are unsuccessful in retaining these small polar compounds. Therefore, most HPLC methods utilize ion-exchange resins for analysis. Another common method involves GC analysis after the analytes first undergo a derivatization step. The purpose of the work shown in this article was to develop a simple and fast analytical method to determine the levels of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole in caramel colored carbonated beverages.

    By MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

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