How You Can Detect Pesticide 1080 In Milk & Infant Formula – A Poster Talk

Feb 1, 2016 | Blogs, Food / Beverage | 0 comments

In this poster talk André Schreiber, Applications and Product Manager for Food and Environmental Markets at SCIEX guides you through a new method developed in conjunction with Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC). The method is designed to better detect a harmful substance that the infant formula and milk industry are under threat from – Sodium Fluoroacetate, otherwise known as Compound 1080 or Monofluoroacetate.

Video Transcription (view video below)
Ok ladies and gentleman, we’re here at the RAFA conference in Prague in 2015, and I would like to give you just a little overview of the poster presentation I am presenting here. It’s a method we developed very recently on our very new QTRAP® 6500+  system. It is a method addressing a major need and concern right now in the infant formula industry and milk industry.

Pesticide Contamination And Food Safety Concerns
Earlier this year, New Zealand companies were threatened that somebody would poison infant formula with a compound called pesticide 1080, or otherwise known as monofluoroacetate. Of course, we have major concerns about food safety here so we started to develop a method to monitor this compound in infant formula samples and milk samples.

We adapted a method which was published using the AOAC community, using LC-MS/MS and we used our latest mass spectrometer, the 6500+ system to make sure we can detect this compound at very low levels. 

Monofluoroacetate Identification Method
Normal phase chromatography was used with a very simple extraction procedure to quickly extract the compound from milk and infant formula samples; remove a couple of interferences and you can see here on the chromatograms excellent sensitivity and very good selectivity.

This method allows us to detect compound pesticide 1080 as low as 1 part per billion in milk and infant formula samples. 

This was a quick method development, and we are now in the process of implementing it in the AOAC community. 

To explore this topic further, you can download the full Detection of Pesticide 1080 in Milk and Infant Formula Poster.Download Complete Pesticide Infokit >


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