alexa Applications of sample preparation techniques in the analysis of pesticides and PCBs in food.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques

Author(s): Beyer A, Biziuk M

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Abstract Pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are found in various parts of the environment in quite small concentrations, but they accumulate and thus become a threat to human health and life. A review is focused on the application of some popular techniques for sample preparation in analysis of these compounds in food. Even with the emergence of advanced techniques of final analysis, complex matrices, such as food, require extensive sample extraction and purification. Traditional sample preparation techniques are time consuming and require large amount of solvents, which are expensive, generate considerable waste, contaminate the sample and can enrich it for analytes. There have been many sample preparation techniques proposed to meet the requirements connected with the multiplicity of food. Optimal sample preparation can reduce analysis time, sources of error, enhance sensitivity and enable unequivocal identification and quantification. Sample extraction and purification techniques are discussed and their most recent applications in food analysis are provided. This review pointed out that sample preparation is the critical step. Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Food Chem and referenced in Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques

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