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Food Quality Analysis Applications

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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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    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 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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    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).

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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 MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

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    Electrochemical solutions and water technologies for food industry

    We research and develop specific solutions to increase the percentage of healthy food and its shelf life, reducing the impact of fungi, bacteria, mould and yeast, and to enhance process water savings.

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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 MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

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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 MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

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    Gas analysis & monitoring system for food traceability

    Recognition of raw materials: The analysis of stable isotopes is very important especially in studies of authenticity of the food. It, on the basis of different isotopic ratio, allows to recognize molecules, present in foods, having the same chemical structure but coming from different raw materials or processed by different processes, for example for biological synthesis or industrial.

    By ETG Risorse e Tecnologia S.r.l. based in Montiglio, ITALY.

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    Online Monitoring for the Food & Beverage Industry

    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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    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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    Precision moisture analysis instruments for rapid moisture analysis for foods

    Optimize processes and deliver consistent quality. Maybe you’re serious about snacks. Or nuts about nuts. Maybe you’re all about oils. Or perhaps baked goods are your bread and butter. Whatever the case, you know that accurate moisture control is critical to the success of your food products. The Computrac® family of moisture analyzers will enable you to quickly obtain reliable, repeatable moisture content results, independent of operator skill.

    By Arizona Instrument LLC based in Chandler, ARIZONA (USA).

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    Determination of D- and L-isomers of tartaric and malic acids in wines, wine materials, and food additive

    Naturally occurred is predominantly L-form of tartaric acid whereas its D-form and the relevant racemic mixture can be artificially synthesized. Generally, artificial acidification of wine with tartaric acid is allowed by OIV, but only pure L-form must be used for this purpose. Thus the analysis of tartaric acid isomers either in food additives or directly in wine can be an important parameter in clarifying any deviations in wine production. Analysis of isomers of malic acid is also within the necessary oenological procedures stated in OIV recommendations. LUMEX INSTRUMENTS offers the present method which allows determination of L- and D-forms of tartaric and malic acids in wine, wine materials, and special food additives by capillary electrophoresis method. 

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

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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).

  • 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 based in Warrington, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Chromatography systems for food industries

    Food samples exhibit a challenge to analytical chemists to determine pesticide residues to meet food safety regulations in USA and EU. Therefore, more careful sample preparation is needed to successfully identify and quantify these compounds in food. Dikma offers SPE columns with different absorbent phases and QuEChERS method for sample pre-treament.

    By Dikma Technologies Inc. based in Lake Forest, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Fragrance Fingerprinting

    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 & vacuum accessories. Hot zone sampling accessories are included for evolved gas analysis from furnaces, and 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 and CH4 in the PPM to 100% concentration range provides vital information for process development and process monitoring.

    By Hiden Analytical based in Warrington, UNITED KINGDOM.

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