alexa Detection of melamine and cyanuric acid in vegetable protein products used in food production.
Nutrition

Nutrition

Journal of Food Processing & Technology

Author(s): Levinson LR, Gilbride KA, Levinson LR, Gilbride KA

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Abstract The multitude of food recalls in 2007 clearly demonstrated that total nitrogen-content (ΣN) determination by means of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and Kjeldahl-based measurements can be deceived, and should no longer be regarded as a complete quality assurance program for nutritive-protein evaluations. Furthermore, contemporary Canadian-employed analytical tools are precariously limited in their ability to effectively assure a product where there is no a priori knowledge of the environmental toxin(s) involved. In light of these challenges, this study explored a number of analytical techniques used to assess and furthermore assure the quality of vegetable protein products (VPPs). Using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) technologies, a combination of VPP-based samples was analyzed for the presence of nitrogen-bearing environmental toxicants. Of the 52 samples tested, involving an assortment of matrices, melamine and cyanuric acid were positively identified (>1 ng/mL) in 22 and 17 samples, respectively. Subsequent high pressure liquid chromatography with ultraviolet/visible (HPLC-UV) amino acid profiling further confirmed the adulteration of those materials contaminated with melamine and melamine-related compounds. Based on the evidence presented herein, LC/MS/MS in combination with HPLC-UV provides for a reliable food safety detection system as applied to VPPs. Moreover, HPLC-UV is indispensable as a stand-alone 1st level of screening to assess the integrity of a VPP or any nutritive protein-based sample. © 2011 Institute of Food Technologists® This article was published in J Food Sci and referenced in Journal of Food Processing & Technology

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