Gas Chromatography?Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry in Food Analysis

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Gas chromatography (GC) coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) offers unique solutions for various analytical applications including the analysis of food quality, authenticity and safety markers. This article provides a general overview of TOF-MS basic features, highlighting its advantages and limitations compared with GC using conventional mass analyzers. Examples of recent results obtained for selected food contaminants and flavor components are described to illustrate the potential of this recently introduced technique.