Protecting the US food supply with UPLC systems

LCGC Europe eNews

LCGC Europe eNews-10-30-2009, Volume 0, Issue 0

The US Food and Drug Administration?s Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has purchased nine Waters? UPLC systems that it will use to monitor the country?s domestically-produced and imported food supply.

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has purchased nine Waters’ UPLC systems that it will use to monitor the country’s domestically-produced and imported food supply. The new instruments will be used in developing and validating robust and reproducible methods for testing food additives, pesticide residues, dietary supplements, mycotoxins, vitamins, seafood toxins, industrial chemicals and regulated food and cosmetic products.

The additional systems will increase the capacity of the agency’s College Park laboratories in Maryland, USA, enabling them to develop additional methods and give a larger number of investigators access to the technology.

The agency’s Office of Regulatory Science develops LC and LC–MS based methods of analysing foods that are essential for performing many agency duties including pre-market approval of new food additives, risk assessment and setting of priorities, coordinated enforcement and compliance with pesticide tolerances set by the Environmental Protection Agency, surveillance and outbreak response.

To see a video about how one commercial testing laboratory successfully uses UPLC for food safety testing, click here.