Low level contaminants now detectable

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Sensitive instruments are needed to detect ever lower contaminant levels set by legislators

Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) has acquired new equipment that can detect organic contaminants to a level of one part per trillion.

Developed in Canada by Applied Biosystems, the API 4000 is a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer (LC/MS) that can in a single action identify and quantify many chemical compounds, including drug residues and mycotoxins.

Chromatography manager Nick Byrd says: "Finding banned compounds, at whatever level, is very important to ensure that food producers are meeting the ever-more stringent requirements. As new methods for detecting food contaminants are being developed using the API 4000, it will enable CCFRA to remain at the forefront of emerging food containment issues."

Contact: CCFRA, Tel: 01386 842187

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