Rapid fungicide test for orange juice
Xevo TQ-S mass spectrometer
Waters' analytical technique requires no sample preparation
has unveiled an analytical technique to rapidly determine residue levels of the fungicide carbendazim in orange juice.
This requires no sample preparation, at regulated levels - using the ultra-high sensitivity of its Xevo TQ-S mass spectrometer and ACQUITY UPLC I-Class system.
Recent news about the presence of the fungicide carbendazim in orange juice products has drawn wide spread public attention on the safety of the fruit juice.
Carbendazim is legally used in Brazil and many other countries for plant disease control, post-harvest food storage or transportation, and seed pre-plant treatment.
However, it is not approved for use on citrus fruits in the US and therefore is not permitted to be present at any concentration in orange juice.
The US Food and Drug Administration has since responded by holding and testing all shipments of incoming orange juice products from all foreign sources as of January 13th, 2012.
According to Waters, its scientists have responded rapidly to this challenge by issuing this simplified method of analysis.