Routine Food Testing Using Mass Spectrometry

May 26, 2016 | Blogs, Food / Beverage | 0 comments

These days, it is not uncommon to hear about the overzealous application of pesticides to crops or the injection of antibiotics into animals. From grocery stores to restaurants, our food is at risk. How then, can consumers be assured that chemical contaminants like these , not to mention the risk of mycotoxin compounds are not making their way to your dinner table?

The Most Powerful Mass Spectrometer is available for Routine Labs
The truth is, it starts in the lab. However, the testing process can seem easier said than done for lab managers who need a routine system to get the job done. Perhaps you are reading this and shaking your head thinking, “We do not have the budget for the investment, it is complicated, and besides even if we could test for contaminants, how can we be confident in the results let alone consumers?”

It used to be that mass spectrometers were bulky, complicated, and too expensive for routine labs as they were mostly used for proteomic research. I am here to tell you this is no longer the case. SCIEX has spent years developing a mass spec instrument that not only fits into your lab but is capable of testing targeted and non-targeted food contaminants.

“For the first time, routine users are getting an instrument with the X500R, which is not only the smallest accurate mass spectrometer on the market but will prove to be very powerful for routine food testing labs,” said Vincent Paez, Senior Director of Food, Environmental and Forensics at SCIEX.

How to Make Food Testing more Accurate
Still not sure about upping the ante when it comes to food testing? Take into consideration the following food method, “Pesticide Analysis in Food.” SCIEX simplifies methods and HR-MS/MS libraries so you can detect, quantify, and confirm contaminants in food samples. The catch? There is none. No longer will you have to outsource samples to pricey labs – because you can handle your workflow in-house.  With so many methods built into the SCIEX OS Software, your lab can not only benefit financially from the high-resolution mass spectrometer but also assist consumers with better confidence than ever before that their food is contaminant free. Now how is that for a headline?Yes! I want a quote on the X500R >


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