Food safety collaboration

March 10, 2010

LCGC Europe eNews

LCGC Europe eNews-03-05-2010, Volume 0, Issue 0

Agilent Technologies and the American research consortium, National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), announced that they have entered into a collaboration to develop new scientific methods for food testing, with the goal of solving a wide range of persistent problems facing global food supply chains.

Agilent Technologies and the American research consortium, National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), announced that they have entered into a collaboration to develop new scientific methods for food testing, with the goal of solving a wide range of persistent problems facing global food supply chains.

It is reported that as part of the collaboration, Agilent will equip the NCFST lab with an assortment of analytical chemistry and life science instrumentation including a gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer, an ultra high performance liquid chromatograph and an array of mass spectrometers.

"This is an opportunity to positively impact many peoples' lives by giving researchers better ways of analysing food-borne illnesses and food quality on a significant scale," said Mike McMullen, president, Agilent Chemical Analysis Group in a statement. "We're putting powerful analytical and biological tools into the hands of some very bright scientists from academia, industry and government, where their combined perspectives should produce creative solutions."

"The state-of-the-art technology provided by Agilent will allow NCFST greater capability to study chemical compounds of critical concern to the global food industry and regulatory authorities," added Jack Cappozzo, director, chemistry, NCFST. "Compounds include melamine; aflatoxins; pesticides; antibiotic residues, such as flunixin and clenbuterol; and Clostridium botulinum toxin. This collaborative effort will not only advance analytical solutions that help us better understand and mitigate emerging chemical contaminant issues in food, but also provides us with solid, science-based knowledge to make informed decisions that help ensure a safer, more secure food supply and improve public health."

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