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Food Contact Materials: Role of Food & Beverage Manufacturers in Ensuring Food Safety Compliance


Dr Dnyanesh Darshane (FOBE Solutions LLC) and Dr Matthias Nold (Merck KGaA)

This webinar provides valuable insights into the risks of food contact materials and how to ensure food safety compliance.

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LECO offers this free, learning hub covering methods and applications focusing on technologies to enhance your food analyses and increase data quality and sample throughput. Here you'll find webinars, an online workshop, application notes, an eBook and other educational resources to cover all of your food analysis needs.

Expert Discussion Forum: Mass Spectrometry to Fight Food Fraud


Prof. Chris Elliott, PhD, FRSC, FRSB, MRIA, OBE (Queen’s University Belfast)

Register for this discussion forum and hear our expert panel - Prof. Chris Elliott, PhD, FRSC, FRSB, MRIA, OBE (Queen’s University Belfast), Prof. Chiara Cordero (University of Turin, Italy) and Dr Stéphane Bayen (McGill University, Canada) - provide insights into what analytical techniques are useful in detecting food fraud or confirming authenticity, why MS is such a promising tool, and what some of the challenges are with MS that prevent its widespread and routine use for food authenticity currently.

Dilution and Sensitivity: Effects on a Food Contaminant Mega-Method


Dr Robert Di Lorenzo (Staff Scientist - Global Technical Marketing, Food & Beverage, SCIEX)

This presentation will explore how far we can push dilution while still meeting sensitivity requirements to simplify sample preparation and analysis workflows. A single LC-MS/MS mega-method comprising hundreds of pesticides, veterinary drugs and mycotoxins will be analyzed from various food and feed matrices from a single sample preparation method.

Fatty Acid Esters in Infant Formula - Determination of 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD


Youjuan Zhang (Applications Chemist, Gas Phase Separation Division, Agilent)

This presentation delivers a reliable analytical method for determining the fatty acid esters of 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD in infant formula using an Agilent 8890 GC System with an Agilent 5977B GC/MSD. The method described explains how two different derivatization reagents, heptafluorobutyrylimidazole (HFBI) and phenylboronic acid (PBA), were evaluated for sample preparation.

Sample Clean-up for Methods for Pesticides in Fatty Matrices


Deyny Mendivelso-Pérez (Senior R&D Scientist in the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)

This on-demand webinar describes an alternative approach to the clean-up of matrices with significant fat content using a family of sorbents that effectively retain fatty components. Examples include analysis of pesticides using QuEChERS methodology and the use of unique solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridges for analysis of PCBs and PAHs in fatty foods.

Sample Preparation and Chromatographic Approaches to Quality and Sensory Testing of Beer


Dr.-Ing. Nils Rettberg (VLB, Germany) & Klaus Buckendahl (Merck KGaA, Germany)

In this on-demand webinar you'll hear two presentations, on 'Sample Preparation Tools for Chromatographic Testing of Beer' and 'Flavor Chemistry and Sensory Properties of Non-alcoholic Beer'.

Sample Preparation for Fatty and Complex Food Matrices


Klaus Buckendahl (Merck KGaA, Germany)

In this presentation, sample preparation tools based on zirconia-silica adsorbents for the QuEChERS methodology as well as in the form of solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridges will be introduced. Their applicability and improved fat and pigment removal will be demonstrated for pesticide analysis in samples like avocado and spices, as well as for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in edible oils.

Trace Metals Analysis in Dietary Supplements Using ICP-MS


Grant Fulford (Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation)

This presentation covers ICP-MS analysis of dietary supplements for trace metals and minimizing contamination to meet regulatory compliance. The topics presented include an overview of the technique of ICP-MS, the limitations and interferences of ICP-MS, sample preparation, laboratory hygiene, and the regulations for food and supplement analysis.

An Industry Perspective on the Prevention of Food Fraud by Nestlé


Luis Hernandez (Senior Quality Manager, Nestlé) and Geoffrey Cottenet (Senior Scientist, Nestlé)

Learn how Nestlé has collaborated with Thermo Fisher Scientific and SGS Molecular to develop an untargetted species identification workflow based on Next Generation Sequencing, which is applicable to meat, fish and plant.

Extractables and Leachables in Food Contact Material


KC Hyland (Global Technical Marketing, Food & Enviro. Applications, SCIEX)

"Extractables and leachables" is a common label for contaminants originating from food or medical packaging. Understanding the risks these contaminants may pose relies on the ability to detect and quantify them. A prerequisite however, is the need to characterize the relevant chemicals.

Connecting Performance Improvement to Increased Production in GC/MS Analytical Workflows


Angie Smith-Henry (Applications Chemist, Agilent) and Gustavo Serrano (GC Columns Product Manager, Agilent)

This on-demand webinar will go over some of the Ultra Inert GC columns, liners and supplies, including gold-seals and novel gold-coated ferrules that are critical to achieve optimal performance even for low-trace level analysis and deliver consistently reliable results.

Advances in Food Analysis



This eBook outlines methods to help you achieve faster analysis times and increase sample throughput in your food analyses. Learn about new methods for multi-residue pesticide testing, mycotoxins analysis, fatty acid and edible oil determination, and acrylamide challenges.

Which Dioxin and POPs applications can the DFS Magnetic Sector GC-HRMS be used for?

QA SmartNotes

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants are everywhere. Labs need to analyse samples to quantify them and guarantee their results are compliant with regulations and controls.

Food Authenticity and the AOAC International Standards and Methods Program


AOAC International

AOAC International, together with Separation Science, offers an on-demand eSeminar focusing on its standards and methods program created to identify analytical tools to better locate and characterize adulteration of foods. Food authenticity, EMA, and the analytical challenges facing the industry, regulators, and consumers. This eSemianr includes a series of presentations from key experts in the field, including Bert Pöpping (FOCOS, Germany), Joe Boison (AOAC International), John Szpylka (AOAC International) and Palmer Orlandi (AOAC International).

Latest Mass Spectrometry-based Trends for Identifying and Quantifying Unknown PFAS Compounds


Lee Ferguson (Duke University, North Carolina, USA) and Abigail Joyce (Duke University, North Carolina, USA)

In this presentation, leaders of the Ferguson Laboratory discuss a Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ Mass Spectrometer-based method, which captures more meaningful data to demystify unknown PFAS compounds.

Determination of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins and Tetrodotoxin in Shellfish using HILIC/MS/MS


Andrew D. Turner (Principal Chemist, Food Safety Group, Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, UK)

This presentation discusses the development of a combined method to ensure the high quality of shellfish, intended for human consumption, using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (HILIC/MS/MS) and MassHunter software.

Solving the Challenges of High-throughput Multi-residue Pesticide Screening


Katie Banaszewski (NOW Foods)

The presentation describes two analytical platforms, GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS, utilized in the development of a high throughput workflow to screen a total of 500 pesticide residues in botanical matrices.

Automated Aroma Profiling of Wine using Sorptive Extraction with GC×GC–TOF MS/SCD

Application Notes

SepSolve Analytical

This study demonstrates the use of headspace sorptive extraction coupled with GC×GC–TOF MS/SCD to provide comprehensive information on wine aroma and odour taints on a single, fully automated, cryogen-free platform. We also show the added value of Tandem Ionisation® for confident identification of aroma-active species that can be challenging to identify by conventional 70 eV electron ionisation alone. Aroma profiles, such as those for wine, contain a wide variety of components at a range of concentrations. Detection and identification of key compounds with low odour thresholds and compounds responsible for off-odours is a challenging prospect.

Mass Spectrometry in Authenticity Testing and Allergen Detection: Novel Approaches from Food Proteomics


Prof. Jens Brockmeyer (Institute of Biochemistry and Technical Biochemistry, University Stuttgart)

Learn more about food proteomics and how analytical approaches based on this discipline can help with allergen detection. Professor Jens Brockmeyer provides an interesting overview.

Ultra Fast Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Chemical Hazards in Food & Beverages


Dr Peter Varelis, Applications Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Oceania)

The importance of these state-of-the-art instruments to the analysis of chemical hazards in food will be discussed in the context of the regulatory requirements for the analysis of contaminants in foods and a general overview of chemical hazards in foods.

Developments in Mycotoxins Analysis


Prof. Chiara Dall'Asta (University of Parma and European Food Safety Authority)

This on-demand presentation will cover the use mass spectrometry for mycotoxin analysis, from multi-toxin methods to the most advanced methodologies. Challenges such as mycotoxin chemical diversity, the large number of isomeric forms, and the lack of analytical standards, will be addressed.

Expanding Capabilities in Multi-Residue Pesticide Analysis

Application Note


This application note describes the expanded capability of Shimadzu's LCMS-8060 to help accelerate method development workflows and support increased pesticide monitoring programs.

Determination of Pesticides in Tomato Products by GCxGC-TOFMS

Application Note


Find out how the use of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GC×GC) with Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOF-MS) demonstrates excellent matrix-analyte and analyte-analyte separation quality of a high number of target pesticides, at high sensitivity.

Food and Beverage Testing Applications

Application Notes

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Separation Science, in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, offers a selection of application notes relevant for food and beverage testing. Learn more about pesticide residues screening, analysis of mycotoxins, multiclass veterinary drug screening and improved contaminant monitoring strategies.

New Analytical Strategies for the Determination of Food Quality and Safety by Automated Sample Preparation Coupled with 1D and 2D GC–MS


Giorgia Purcaro (University of Liége, Belgium), Chiara Cordero (University of Turin, Italy) and Taylor Hayward (Apeel Sciences, Goleta, California, USA)

This presentation describes a method that enhances the performance of headspace-SPME using a novel approach based on multi-cumulative trapping solid-phase microextraction (SPME). The SPME extraction was performed using an automated multi-mode sample preparation system (Centri™) containing a sorbent based focusing trap to retain and preconcentrate analytes. The novel technique was applied to the analysis of the olive oil aroma profile using a pattern recognition approach.

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