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LC-MS/MS for Food and Beverage Chemical Contaminant Testing

Efficient analytical solutions to support a safe, nutritious, authentic and sustainable food supply chain

The role of food testing laboratories has never been more critical. Safety, authenticity, sustainability, and quality are of major concern to consumers, governments, and producers. 

Inside this resource hub you will find a compilation of our scientists’ latest collaterals, supporting your development and implementation of new testing methods and technologies for the analysis of:

■ Pesticides 
■ Veterinary Drugs 
■ Mycotoxins 
■ Alkaloids 
■ Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) 

Trust in Waters to provide scalable application procedures and technologies to help you adapt quickly to challenges brought in by new regulations, new opportunities, and competitive pressures. Improve internal efficiencies with less re-analysis and reduced waste, ensuring product safety and workflow optimization.

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Exploring the Exposome Part 1: You Are What You Eat

 How an old adage takes on a darker meaning, when we consider exogenous compound exposure.

“Environmental exposure is a direct route for human uptake, but, even more commonly, environmental exposure of agricultural commodities can lead to plant and/or animal uptake, which is then subsequently passed onto humans through diet. Recent examples of PFAS found in milk highlight this; cows were exposed to PFAS via their environment (sources of drinking water, and so on) and the milk and milk-based products that were produced contain these same compounds.”

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Exploring the Exposome – Part 2: Glyphosate in Drinking Water

How innovative method development can help us to understand the impact of glyphosate pollution on our drinking water

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[eBook]: Food and Beverage Chemical Contaminant Testing

This application notebook offers cutting-edge insights on pesticides, veterinary drugs, mycotoxins, alkaloids, and PFAS analysis. Rely on Waters for adaptable procedures, minimizing re-analysis and waste, ensuring product safety, and optimizing workflows. Benefit from unparalleled application support and award-winning service for consistent lab performance.


[eBook]: An Overview of Multi-residue Pesticide Testing

Pesticide residues resulting from the use of plant protection products on crops or food products may pose a risk factor for public health or hinder trade. This eBook aims to provide a short background on multi-residue pesticide analysis, discussing elements of sample preparation and sample analysis.


[Video]: Atmospheric Pressure Gas Chromatography for Food & Environmental Analysis

[Case study]: Growing Demand for Rapid Food Contaminant Detection Spurs New Method Development at NofaLab

Waters Xevo TQ-S and TQ-S micro systems combined with APGC help scientists improve method development for rapid contamination analysis at NofaLab in the Netherlands. Learn how in this case study


[App Note]: Determination of Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A in a Range of Food Commodities Using VICAM Immunoaffinity Chromatography Clean-up with UPLC-MS/MS (2021)

Aflatoxins and ochratoxin A can occur naturally in a variety of food products via pre- and post-harvest contamination mechanisms and are regulated worldwide. Consumption of mycotoxin contaminated foods can pose a significant risk to human health. Herein we describe three different methods for specific food commodities:

  1. Aflatoxins in groundnuts, pistachio, and hazelnuts using Aflatest WB cleanup
  2. Ochratoxin A in roasted coffee and cocoa using OchraTest WB cleanup
  3. Aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in black pepper using AflaOchra cleanup


[Whitepaper]: How Appropriate Clean-Up Can Improve the Robustness of an LC-MS/MS Method for the Determination of Multiple Mycotoxins in a Range of Food Matrix

In this whitepaper, we present the results of a series of tests to evaluate the robustness of two approaches, performed using the same UPLC-MS/MS method, but with and without applying the SPE clean-up step.


[Product Profile]: Xevo TQ-S micro

High Performance from a Compact Design with Rapid, Reliable and Reproducible Quantitative Data. Xevo TQ-S micro is a Tandem quadrupole instrument with a small footprint that delivers consistent low levels of quantitation with a wide dynamic range.

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