Food safety standards change and evolve
Ensuring the safety of the world’s food supply is critical, but there are concerns about the safety of global food supply chains because food can:
- Be grown and processed in widely differing environments under a variety of regulatory frameworks
- Travel thousands of miles and handled by many different operators and people
- Experience various storage conditions with temperature fluctuations that may affect shelf life
At any point in the process, products may become contaminated and unfit for consumption. Whether you are ensuring regulatory compliance or enhancing nutrition, our food safety testing solutions strengthen the entire food chain so you can deliver the uncompromised food products that consumers worldwide expect and deserve.
Ethylene oxide - the new threat in food
Hundreds of products are currently being pulled of the shelves in supermarkets all over Europe, due to contamination with the pesticide ethylene oxide (E410, E412) found in sesame seeds and guar gum produced outside of Europe. Food labs are challenged by the amount of additional samples that need to be tested now for this contaminant.
Read more on this topic:
- EURL / CVUA Analytical Observations Report of ethylene oxid analyses using a triple quadrupole GC-MS SRM method for EtO analyses of food samples
- Blog: Toxic gases in food and the threat of ethylene oxide
If you want to learn more about ethylene oxide, we will be hosting a live webinar on November 18. More dertails and registration coming soon.
Acrylamide - in the news again
The number of positive samples for acrylamide has dramatically increased in 2021. Acrylamide (2-propenamide) has been found in some cooked foods, including fried and baked starchy foods such as potato crisps, chips, roasted coffee, breads and peanuts. In baked and fried foods, acrylamide is formed from asparagine as a by-product of the Maillard reaction at temperatures above 120 °C.
Find complete workflow solutions for acrylamide in food samples, including a proven method used by food labs all over Europe, utilizing the Thermo Scientific TRACE 1310 gas chromatograph and ISQ 7000 single quadrupole GC-MS systems in one of our recent eBooks, GC-MS for food safety analysis.
Food analysis sample preparation is a key step in the analytical workflow. Sample preparation encompasses far more than liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) and solid phase extraction (SPE) techniques.
There are several stages involved in order to get from an original food sample to the analytical sample.
- Sample collection, including transportation and storage should be controlled as to avoid cross contamination and potential degradation of analytes.
- Sample processing. This can involve a number of procedures such as cryogenically freezing, avoid analyte degradation, cutting, grinding, milling and mixing, to increase the total surface area of the sample and ensure that the analytical test portion represents the whole analytical portion.
Once the food sample has been prepared the analytes have to be extracted from the matrix into a solvent.
Automated sample preparation solutions include accelerated solvent extraction, for solid and semisolid samples using solvents at elevated temperatures and pressures, automated cartridge-based micro solid-phase extraction (µSPE) and evaporation systems. These systems help to avoid cross contamination and ensure fast turnaround times and consistent reliable results and are ideal for larger volume samples and large numbers of samples.
The most common manual technique, particularly in the case of pesticides residue analysis other contaminants in food samples, is QuEChERS. Clean-up, with the QuEChERS technique uses dispersive solid phase extraction, (dSPE) to remove undesired matrix components from the sample.
SPE is the most common form of cartridge clean-up. When using QuEChERS or SPE clean samples can be directly injected into the analytical system.
Solutions for food safety testing
Thermo Scientific can provide comprehensive workflow solutions, based on mass spectrometry (MS) coupled to ion chromatography (IC), liquid chromatography (HPLC), and gas chromatography (GC) for the analysis of residues and contaminants. Add Inorganic mass spectrometry (ICP-MS and IRMS) for the analysis of trace elements and isotopic ratios, molecular spectroscopy, discrete analyzers, software, data management and more, and you can see that we can help you meet all of your food safety analysis challenges, today and in the future.
Helping food professionals ensure food safety
Our comprehensive technology portfolio offers the sensitivity, selectivity, flexibility and innovation needed to maximize analytical scope for discovery analysis, along with the robustness required for routine applications in proven 24/7 operation.
We understand your goal is protecting public health and recognize that you may have unique requirements for your food laboratory; we provide the solutions to enable you to achieve high-confidence in the results, faster, at the lowest possible cost.
Our solutions ensure food regulatory compliance, product quality, and brand protection.
Regulators and governments
We provide tools for establishing standards and monitoring adherence to food regulations.
Research and academia
Our technological innovations and new approaches enable discovery.
Contract testing laboratories
We can help you achieve efficiencies and increased throughput for better business results for your food analysis laboratory.
Resources for food safety analysis
This white paper reviews different sample processing procedures and various sample extraction and clean-up strategies, for pesticide residue analysis in food.
Your complete workflow guide for FCM, migrate analysis and NIAS analysis in your laboratory. From sample preparation to quantitation discover your complete solution.
Discover solutions for some of the most challenging food safety and environmental pollutant determinations with access peer-reviewed journal references and new application notes.
From food safety analysis and nutritional testing, to chemical analysis for quality and integrity, this application note compendium demonstrates how our systems consistently deliver data that is compliant with regulations.