Special Issue "Applications of Liquid Chromatography – Tandem Mass Spectrometric Technique for the Detection and Quantification of Contaminants in Food Samples"

A special issue of Separations (ISSN 2297-8739). This special issue belongs to the section "Analysis of Food and Beverages".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2022 | Viewed by 1574

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Dr. Artemis P. Louppis
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Analytical Department, MC Analysis Center LTD, 2563 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: food chemistry; chemical analysis; food discrimination; mass spectroscopy; liquid chromatography; gas chromatography; method validation; inductively coupled plasma; sample preparation; pesticides; contaminants; chemometrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to highlight the new methods being developed for the detection and quantification of various contaminants in food. New contaminants are constantly being discovered and existing methodologies are being improved. LC-MS/MS has become one of the powerful analytical tools for the analysis of contaminants in different samples and been shown to be advantageous during analysis with respect to improved sensitivity and specificity. This issue will help the scientific community to publish new or optimized methodologies for the analysis of various contaminants in food using LC-MS/MS.

Dr. Artemis P. Louppis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • LC-MS/MS
  • food analysis
  • contaminants
  • methodology

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Application of a Validated Method for the Identification and Quantification of Mycotoxins in Wines Using UPLC-MS/MS
Separations 2022, 9(4), 102; https://doi.org/10.3390/separations9040102 - 15 Apr 2022
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The aim of the present study was to develop a rapid, simple and reliable method for the identification and quantification of six mycotoxins in wine using liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. The analytical method was fully validated, and calibration curves [...] Read more.
The aim of the present study was to develop a rapid, simple and reliable method for the identification and quantification of six mycotoxins in wine using liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. The analytical method was fully validated, and calibration curves were made with correlation coefficients >0.9970. A short analysis time and acceptable extraction efficiency were achieved by a direct extraction method of analytes (ochratoxin A, aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2 and Zearalenone) with acetonitrile. LOD values were from 0.03 to 0.27 μg kg−1, and LOQ values were from 0.08 to 0.81 μg kg−1, with recoveries at various values from 77 to 108%. The expanded uncertainty was 5–21% expressed at a coverage level of k = 2, at a confidence level of approximately 95%. The performance criteria of the method were fully met according to European legislation (EC) 401/2006. The method was successfully applied to wine samples from Cyprus. The method was simple, low cost, quick, accurate, and sensitive. Full article
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Monitoring of Aflatoxin M1 in Various Origins Greek Milk Samples Using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Separations 2022, 9(3), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/separations9030058 - 24 Feb 2022
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Aflatoxin M1(AFM1), a major metabolite of Aflatoxin B1(AFB1), has been identified as a potential contaminant in dairy products. Because of its possible carcinogenicity, the legislation limits as set by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 are very strict, namely 0.050 μg kg−1 in [...] Read more.
Aflatoxin M1(AFM1), a major metabolite of Aflatoxin B1(AFB1), has been identified as a potential contaminant in dairy products. Because of its possible carcinogenicity, the legislation limits as set by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 are very strict, namely 0.050 μg kg−1 in milk and 0.025 μg kg−1 in infant formulas. To meet these requirements, a sensitive and accurate method was developed, employing liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS). Ιmmunoaffinity columns (R-Biopharm) were used for sample purification and preconcentration of the analyte of interest. The quantification of AFM1 was conducted using fortified milk samples, while Aflatoxin B2 (AFB2) was used as an internal standard (IS). The method was validated in terms of linearity, precision, trueness, limits of detection and quantification and uncertainty. The performance criteria for the method were evaluated based on European Commission Regulation (EC) No. 401/2006 and its most recent amendment, as well as the suggested criteria for revision by the EU Reference Laboratory for Mycotoxins and Plant Toxins. The recovery was in the range of 77.9–81.0% for all fortification levels (0.025–0.050–0.075 μg kg−1), with RSDR values (Relative Standard Deviation of intermediate precision) ranging from 6.1% to 12%. The method’s detection and quantification limits were 0.0027 μg kg−1 and 0.0089 μg kg−1, respectively. The occurrence of AFM1 was investigated in 40 samples of different animal origin (cow, goat and sheep milk) provided by Greek producers. Full article
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Title: Application of a validated method for identification and quantification of mycotoxins in wines using UPLC-MS/MS
Authors: Artemis P Louppis and Michalis S Constantinou.
Affiliation: University of Ioannina
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