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Europe: AB SCIEX launches new workflow for improved food safety testing

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AB SCIEX has launched the MasterView Food Testing Workflow for QTRAP mass spectrometry systems at the 5th Annual Symposium on Emerging Issues in Food, in York, UK from June 9 to 11, 2014.

The event is organized by the Food and Environment Research Agency and the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The company says the new workflow will allow routine food testing laboratories to screen, identify and quantify targeted chemical contaminants in food samples, rapidly and with greater confidence than can be achieved using alternative analytical approaches.

The improved reliability of the workflow can also increase productivity for food testing laboratories that need to analyze numerous samples for many different targeted compounds to satisfy the demand for increased food safety testing and monitoring.

This new workflow is an expansion to AB SCIEX’s recently launched MasterView Software workflow for TripleTOF technology, which simplifies the identification of unexpected contaminants using high resolution mass spectrometry technology.

The software application has been designed with built-in automation that quickly turns enormous amounts of complex analytical data into simplified, meaningful answers for truly proactive food screening before an unanticipated incident occurs.

MasterView Software propels QTRAP technology to a new level of simplicity and productivity, allowing scientists to compare their acquired data to compound libraries and realize better confidence in compound identification than simple MRM ratio analysis using a triple quadrupole mass spectrometry system.

The results produced from every injection will reduce the need for reinjections, and combined with the simplicity of the data processing workflow, thereby increases throughput for testing laboratories.

“Our initial results have proven that laboratories can reduce the risks of reporting a false negative or a false positive result when implementing this workflow in place of traditional workflows, such as standard MRM quantitation using ion ratios,” says Vincent Paez, senior director, food and environmental markets.