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Discover Deeper Insights Into Your Sample

In my last blog post, “Looking for Certainty,” I took a closer look at the importance of data certainty and how it’s critical to all applications, but especially in contaminant testing. The importance...

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Penguins, POPs and Pandemic

Like Batman and Robin, or Han Solo and Chewbacca, combining gas chromatography with Orbitrap technology was always going to be a winning combination. With needle-sharp chromatographic peaks and high m...

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Do we have to live with glyphosate?

My health kick-started, as for many I’m sure, at the beginning of the New Year when I decided that I would ditch the refined sugar and saturated fat diet I’d become so accustomed to over the past few ...

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Pesticides on your plate!

Experts recommend fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy lifestyles. Monitoring programs detect a high number of different chemical residues in foods. Individually the pesticides are claimed to be sa...

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Pesticides Method Validation: As Valid as You Think?

Recently my colleagues at the Thermo Fishers Scientific Customer Solution Centre in Beijing encountered some challenges with the validation of new methods for the quantitation of polar pesticides in f...

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The Unofficial Guide to EPRW for Those Who Missed It!

Were you fortunate enough to attend 12th European Pesticides Residue Workshop (EPRW) during 22nd-25th May 2018 in Munich Germany? If you were one of the lucky 560 delegates then I am sure you will agr...

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Is there really an increasing number of pesticides in food?

I recently read an article titled, “Nearly half of British Foods contain pesticide residue,” in the New Food Magazine. The article was in response to the recent release of the Expert Committee On Pest...

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Fipronil: Better on Your Dog than in Your Breakfast

Fipronil may be effective at controlling fleas on your dog, but it is a toxic insecticide which you definitely do not need in your scrambled eggs.Fipronil sends an insect’s central nervous system fata...

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5 Reasons to Adopt Orbitrap Technology in Your Pesticide Lab

You are using triple quadrupoles today, and they are fantastic instruments, but did you know that Orbitrap can quantify as well as a triple quad? It can also do a lot more you’re missing out on.Ready ...

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LC-MS Pesticide Analysis in 5 Minutes

YOUR TASKYour daily work consists of monitoring hundreds of pesticides in food. You have a generic LC-MS method for the analysis of hundreds of pesticides in a single run. Is your method sufficiently ...

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Charlie and his GC-MS/MS Partner vs. Dietary Supplements

Whether we like it or not, pesticides are used on crops all around the world; according to the U.S. EPA, in 2006 and 2007 over five billion pounds of pesticides (more than two million metric tons) wer...

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Cocktails and Pesticides

You may have celebrated the festive period with a cocktail or two. If you did, which pesticides did you possibly consume? The answer may depend on whether or not your cocktail was embellished with sli...

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1,4 Dioxane and the Environment

I recently came across a National Science Foundation video (link to NSF page with video) about 1,4 dioxane in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River Basin. This compound is a synthetic industrial chemical t...

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Unknowns and HRAM – Can I Search, Quantify or Both?

The use of high resolution accurate mass spectrometry (HRAM) is a well-established technique, mainly for its utility in the determination of unknown contaminants. A recent publication by Leon Barron f...

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Did Mass Spectrometry Just Save My Liver?

I was recently researching a few dietary supplements that I was considering adding to my daily routine, and my personal research led me right back to my work: mass spectrometry.As both Katerina Maštov...

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Can Bees Be Getting Buzzed from Neonicotinoid Pesticides?

Bee colony collapse has become a popular topic in the news lately; I noticed it was mentioned in an episode of the TV show Elementary that my mother was watching the other day. The story focused on th...

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