Pesticide Residues in Food

Always what's next

Food safety standards change and evolve, so what was once at the lower end of permissible pesticide residues analysis results today, may be at the upper end tomorrow.

Our innovative technologies help laboratories stay ahead of the curve. We provide powerful workflow solutions and expertise for ever-evolving pesticide residues analysis, to assist with regulatory compliance and food safety, food quality, and research and testing labs. From sample input to data output, we have you covered. Click on the workflow steps below to learn more.

Popular pesticide analysis products

Pesticide Explorer Collection

TSQ 9000 GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer

Exactive GC Orbitrap
GC-MS System

Pesticide residue instrumentation workflow

Sample preparation solutions

Sample preparation and consumables that simplify and improve throughput for pesticide, herbicide and pesticide residues analysis. We offer automated sample preparation solutions for high throughput laboratories, such as the accelerated solvent extraction platform. We also offer the more traditional QuEChERS sample preparation products for food analysis for smaller laboratories and those working with difficult matrices.

  • No matrix limitations, pesticides can be extracted from high-fat, low-moisture samples or high-water content samples
  • Extract compounds quickly with small solvent volume.
  • Use organic acids and aqueous solvents, or acids and bases at high temperatures and pressures
  • Walk-away automation that allows you to extract samples overnight
  • Isolate trace organics from large volume aqueous matrices
  • Automate all four steps of SPE (conditioning, loading, rinsing, and eluting)
  • Reduce solvent consumption and improving recovery and reproducibility
  • Simultaneously process up to six samples in 2–3 hours with only 15 minutes of operator involvement
  • Typical applications include PAHs, pesticides and herbicides
  • QuEChERS kits provide a quick, easy, rugged and cost effective process for extraction of multiple pesticides from a range of different food types
  • An essential technique in achieving confidence in the highly regulated field of food safety and pesticide analysis
  • High recoveries, accurate results, high sample throughput, low solvent and glassware usage, reduced labor and bench space, and lower reagent costs

Next, click on step 2 and/or step 3 depending on your preferred analytical instrumentation solution for your pesticide residues application.


Featured resources

LC, LC-MS and IC-MS solutions

When accurate, reproducible and rapid separations are critical, choose from our solutions to help you successfully analyze pesticide residues compounds in complex matrices.

  • Handles the sample with more accuracy
  • Drives the separation with more power
  • High sample capacity for high-throughput workflows
  • Directs the analyte with more sensitivity
  • Screen and quantify multiple compound classes with superior sensitivity
  • Easy, robust, and reliable
  • Increased productivity with application specific software for food safety
  • Accessible to food safety labs challenged by increasing sample numbers and constrained by strict budgets
  • High Resolution Accurate Mass (HRAM) enables quantitation and identification for a number of compounds
  • Easy method development; fast screen-to-confirm results
  • HRAM enables efficient target and unknown identification
  • Analyze for ionic and polar pesticides
  • Unmatched retention and chromatographic resolution provided by high capacity ion chromatography
  • Detectability, selectivity and identification capabilities provided by TSQ triple quadrupole mass spectrometry

Click on Step 4, Software products, to discover how to analyze your data.


Featured resources

GC and GC-MS Solutions

When accurate, reproducible and rapid separations are critical, choose from our solutions to help you successfully analyze pesticide residues compounds limited in amount or availability amid complex matrices.

  • An easy-to-use system
  • Superior resolving power, mass accuracy, linear dynamic range and sensitivity
  • Routine grade performance for both targeted and non-targeted analysis
  • High confidence quantitation for the ultimate sample analysis workflow.
  • A customized system for multi residue pesticide analysis methodologies
  • Preloaded GC-MS/MS and data processing methods
  • Pesticide Analyzer includes high-performance consumables configurations
  • Step-by-step customized method walkthroughs
  • 600+ Pesticide Compound Database
  • Smart software tools to ensure method optimization
  • Combination of capillary gas chromatography and high-resolution/accurate mass (HRAM) Orbitrap mass spectrometry
  • Easy-to-use system
  • Comprehensive characterization of samples in pesticide residues testing identification and quantitation

Click on Step 4, Software products, to discover how to analyze your data.


Featured resources

Software products

Analysis software solutions for your pesticide residues workflows; including identification, quantification & confirmation.

  • A secure environment for the management of batch relationships between raw ingredients, finished products and the results of pesticide analysis
  • Full traceability of sample data for auditing compliance
  • Food producers can rapidly identify and withdraw any potentially contaminated foods
  • Streamline workflows for pesticide residues analysis
  • Full integration of our GC/MS/MS, IC/MS/MS and LC/MS/MS instruments
  • Quickly and easily process and report data in one application
  • Run analyses from method creation to quantitation
  • Library-based compound identification
  • Easy-to-use, workflow driven software package for pesticide residue testing laboratories performing quantitation, targeted and non-targeted analysis using GC-MS and LC-MS
  • Specifically designed for HRAM analysis, TraceFinder software increases productivity with powerful method development
  • Simplified data acquisition, comprehensive data review and extensive reporting features including custom report options
  • Streamline and customize data analysis with small molecule identification software
  • Empowers researchers to strategically collect, organize, store and report data for both targeted and untargeted high resolution analyses

Click on Step 5 to discover a ready-made food analysis workflow system.


Featured resources
  •  Brochure: Integrating LIMS with the Enterprise – LIMS offers a secure environment for the management of batch relationships between raw ingredients, finished products and the results of pesticide analysis in the laboratory.
  •  Brochure: Chromeleon CDS software – Unifies workflows for chromatography and routine quantitative MS analysis, providing full integration of instruments.
  •  Brochure: Tracefinder Software – Increased flexibility and an array of capabilities in performing targeted screening and routine quantitation with either high resolution accurate mass (HRAM) and/or triple stage quadrupole (TSQ) mass spectrometers
  •  Brochure: Compound Discoverer Software – The only small molecule analysis solution able to make full use of the high-resolution accurate-mass (HRAM) data

Total workflow solutions

Analysis software solutions for your pesticide residues workflows; including identification, quantification & confirmation.

  • For laboratories performing pesticide residue testing
  • Comprehensive set of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) solutions
  • Enhanced productivity and improved efficiency
  • Routine quantitation as well as targeted and non-targeted screening of pesticide residues in food matrices
  • A customized system for pesticide residue analysis.
  • Comprehensive system designed to ease the implementation and management of multi-residue pesticide methodologies regardless of the method complexity or experience level of the user
  • Includes hardware, software, consumables, methods and additional tools to accelerate sample turnaround and minimize cost per sample

Featured resources
  •  Brochure: Pesticide Explorer Collection – Our Pesticide Explorer Collection includes all the workflow components you need for successful method set-up and data analysis. Consumables, LCMS hardware, software and built-in instrument and data processing methods — pre-configured and tested — are all right here, from your single source supplier.
  •   Brochure: GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer – The Thermo Scientific™ TSQ™ 8000 Evo Pesticide Analyzer is a comprehensive solution designed to ease the implementation and management of multi-residue pesticide methodologies regardless of the method complexity and experience level of the user
  •  On-demand Webinar: Part 4 of 4: Latest Developments & Future Directions in Data Processing & Analysis Software for LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS – This webinar will provide pesticides residue analysts with valuable information on software method development and data processing for the analysis of pesticide residues in food for both LC–MS and GC–MS. Technical experts will review the latest in software advances to help with data interpretation and reporting.
  • eBook: Pesticide Residue Analysis: How Far Have We Come – and Where Are We Going? – Renowned experts from around the globe discuss the trends, challenges – and techniques – that will dominate the future of food analysis.

Sample preparation solutions

Sample preparation and consumables that simplify and improve throughput for pesticide, herbicide and pesticide residues analysis. We offer automated sample preparation solutions for high throughput laboratories, such as the accelerated solvent extraction platform. We also offer the more traditional QuEChERS sample preparation products for food analysis for smaller laboratories and those working with difficult matrices.

  • No matrix limitations, pesticides can be extracted from high-fat, low-moisture samples or high-water content samples
  • Extract compounds quickly with small solvent volume.
  • Use organic acids and aqueous solvents, or acids and bases at high temperatures and pressures
  • Walk-away automation that allows you to extract samples overnight
  • Isolate trace organics from large volume aqueous matrices
  • Automate all four steps of SPE (conditioning, loading, rinsing, and eluting)
  • Reduce solvent consumption and improving recovery and reproducibility
  • Simultaneously process up to six samples in 2–3 hours with only 15 minutes of operator involvement
  • Typical applications include PAHs, pesticides and herbicides
  • QuEChERS kits provide a quick, easy, rugged and cost effective process for extraction of multiple pesticides from a range of different food types
  • An essential technique in achieving confidence in the highly regulated field of food safety and pesticide analysis
  • High recoveries, accurate results, high sample throughput, low solvent and glassware usage, reduced labor and bench space, and lower reagent costs

Next, click on step 2 and/or step 3 depending on your preferred analytical instrumentation solution for your pesticide residues application.


Featured resources

LC, LC-MS and IC-MS solutions

When accurate, reproducible and rapid separations are critical, choose from our solutions to help you successfully analyze pesticide residues compounds in complex matrices.

  • Handles the sample with more accuracy
  • Drives the separation with more power
  • High sample capacity for high-throughput workflows
  • Directs the analyte with more sensitivity
  • Screen and quantify multiple compound classes with superior sensitivity
  • Easy, robust, and reliable
  • Increased productivity with application specific software for food safety
  • Accessible to food safety labs challenged by increasing sample numbers and constrained by strict budgets
  • High Resolution Accurate Mass (HRAM) enables quantitation and identification for a number of compounds
  • Easy method development; fast screen-to-confirm results
  • HRAM enables efficient target and unknown identification
  • Analyze for ionic and polar pesticides
  • Unmatched retention and chromatographic resolution provided by high capacity ion chromatography
  • Detectability, selectivity and identification capabilities provided by TSQ triple quadrupole mass spectrometry

Click on Step 4, Software products, to discover how to analyze your data.


Featured resources

GC and GC-MS Solutions

When accurate, reproducible and rapid separations are critical, choose from our solutions to help you successfully analyze pesticide residues compounds limited in amount or availability amid complex matrices.

  • An easy-to-use system
  • Superior resolving power, mass accuracy, linear dynamic range and sensitivity
  • Routine grade performance for both targeted and non-targeted analysis
  • High confidence quantitation for the ultimate sample analysis workflow.
  • A customized system for multi residue pesticide analysis methodologies
  • Preloaded GC-MS/MS and data processing methods
  • Pesticide Analyzer includes high-performance consumables configurations
  • Step-by-step customized method walkthroughs
  • 600+ Pesticide Compound Database
  • Smart software tools to ensure method optimization
  • Combination of capillary gas chromatography and high-resolution/accurate mass (HRAM) Orbitrap mass spectrometry
  • Easy-to-use system
  • Comprehensive characterization of samples in pesticide residues testing identification and quantitation

Click on Step 4, Software products, to discover how to analyze your data.


Featured resources

Software products

Analysis software solutions for your pesticide residues workflows; including identification, quantification & confirmation.

  • A secure environment for the management of batch relationships between raw ingredients, finished products and the results of pesticide analysis
  • Full traceability of sample data for auditing compliance
  • Food producers can rapidly identify and withdraw any potentially contaminated foods
  • Streamline workflows for pesticide residues analysis
  • Full integration of our GC/MS/MS, IC/MS/MS and LC/MS/MS instruments
  • Quickly and easily process and report data in one application
  • Run analyses from method creation to quantitation
  • Library-based compound identification
  • Easy-to-use, workflow driven software package for pesticide residue testing laboratories performing quantitation, targeted and non-targeted analysis using GC-MS and LC-MS
  • Specifically designed for HRAM analysis, TraceFinder software increases productivity with powerful method development
  • Simplified data acquisition, comprehensive data review and extensive reporting features including custom report options
  • Streamline and customize data analysis with small molecule identification software
  • Empowers researchers to strategically collect, organize, store and report data for both targeted and untargeted high resolution analyses

Click on Step 5 to discover a ready-made food analysis workflow system.


Featured resources
  •  Brochure: Integrating LIMS with the Enterprise – LIMS offers a secure environment for the management of batch relationships between raw ingredients, finished products and the results of pesticide analysis in the laboratory.
  •  Brochure: Chromeleon CDS software – Unifies workflows for chromatography and routine quantitative MS analysis, providing full integration of instruments.
  •  Brochure: Tracefinder Software – Increased flexibility and an array of capabilities in performing targeted screening and routine quantitation with either high resolution accurate mass (HRAM) and/or triple stage quadrupole (TSQ) mass spectrometers
  •  Brochure: Compound Discoverer Software – The only small molecule analysis solution able to make full use of the high-resolution accurate-mass (HRAM) data

Total workflow solutions

Analysis software solutions for your pesticide residues workflows; including identification, quantification & confirmation.

  • For laboratories performing pesticide residue testing
  • Comprehensive set of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) solutions
  • Enhanced productivity and improved efficiency
  • Routine quantitation as well as targeted and non-targeted screening of pesticide residues in food matrices
  • A customized system for pesticide residue analysis.
  • Comprehensive system designed to ease the implementation and management of multi-residue pesticide methodologies regardless of the method complexity or experience level of the user
  • Includes hardware, software, consumables, methods and additional tools to accelerate sample turnaround and minimize cost per sample

Featured resources
  •  Brochure: Pesticide Explorer Collection – Our Pesticide Explorer Collection includes all the workflow components you need for successful method set-up and data analysis. Consumables, LCMS hardware, software and built-in instrument and data processing methods — pre-configured and tested — are all right here, from your single source supplier.
  •   Brochure: GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer – The Thermo Scientific™ TSQ™ 8000 Evo Pesticide Analyzer is a comprehensive solution designed to ease the implementation and management of multi-residue pesticide methodologies regardless of the method complexity and experience level of the user
  •  On-demand Webinar: Part 4 of 4: Latest Developments & Future Directions in Data Processing & Analysis Software for LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS – This webinar will provide pesticides residue analysts with valuable information on software method development and data processing for the analysis of pesticide residues in food for both LC–MS and GC–MS. Technical experts will review the latest in software advances to help with data interpretation and reporting.
  • eBook: Pesticide Residue Analysis: How Far Have We Come – and Where Are We Going? – Renowned experts from around the globe discuss the trends, challenges – and techniques – that will dominate the future of food analysis.

Featured videos

Finding answers before you even know the questions

Everything you need to ensure your success in pesticide analysis—now and beyond. That’s what we provide you and your laboratory. So you get the job done as you protect your investments now and well into the future. Always what’s next.

Download the compendium ›

Expert roundtable discussion — What every pesticide analyst needs to know — Register now
Resources

Pesticides workflow

LC-MS/MS for pesticides analysis

Sample prep for pesticides analysis

GC-MS/MS for pesticides analysis