Pesticide Residues in Food

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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. Find recommended products and reading in the pesticide residue analysis procedure and workflow below.

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Pesticide residue analysis procedure and 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.

ASE™ Accelerated Solvent Extraction
  • 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
QuEChERS Dispersive SPE Products
  • 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.


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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 residue compounds in complex matrices.

Which mass spectrometer solution is right for you?

 
Vanquish HPLC with Q Exactive MS

Dionex IC with Q Exactive MS

Vanquish HPLC with TSQ Triple Quadrupole MS

Dionex IC with TSQ Triple Quadrupole MS
Non targeted screening      
Targeted screening    
Non-targeted and targeted screening      
Targeted quantitation    
Retrospective analysis      
Polar, uncharged pesticides analysis
Polar, charged pesticides (anionic, cationic) analysis
Retrospective analysis    
= Not applicable = Poor = Good = Better = Best

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


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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.

Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS System
  • 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.
TSQ™ 9000 Evo GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer
  • 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
Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS/MS
  • 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.


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Software products

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

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • 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

Which LC-MS data analysis software is right for me?

Needs Compound Discoverer TraceFinder Chromeleon CDS
Non-targeted screening (unknown knowns and unknown unknowns)
Targeted screening (known unknowns)
Non-targeted and targeted quantitation
Targeted quantitation only (known knowns)
Complex targeted panel analysis
GxP/21 CFR Part 11 compliance capable
Library compatibility
Thermo Scientific Chromatography and source compatibility
Third Party Instrument Control
= Not applicable = Poor = Good = Better = Best

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.

Pesticide Explorer Workflow
  • 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
GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer
  • 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 Workflow – 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: 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.

ASE™ Accelerated Solvent Extraction
  • 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
QuEChERS Dispersive SPE Products
  • 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 residue compounds in complex matrices.

Which mass spectrometer solution is right for you?

 
Vanquish HPLC with Q Exactive MS

Dionex IC with Q Exactive MS

Vanquish HPLC with TSQ Triple Quadrupole MS

Dionex IC with TSQ Triple Quadrupole MS
Non targeted screening      
Targeted screening    
Non-targeted and targeted screening      
Targeted quantitation    
Retrospective analysis      
Polar, uncharged pesticides analysis
Polar, charged pesticides (anionic, cationic) analysis
Retrospective analysis    
= Not applicable = Poor = Good = Better = Best

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.

Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS System
  • 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.
TSQ™ 9000 Evo GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer
  • 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
Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS/MS
  • 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.

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • 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

Which LC-MS data analysis software is right for me?

Needs Compound Discoverer TraceFinder Chromeleon CDS
Non-targeted screening (unknown knowns and unknown unknowns)
Targeted screening (known unknowns)
Non-targeted and targeted quantitation
Targeted quantitation only (known knowns)
Complex targeted panel analysis
GxP/21 CFR Part 11 compliance capable
Library compatibility
Thermo Scientific Chromatography and source compatibility
Third Party Instrument Control
= Not applicable = Poor = Good = Better = Best

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.

Pesticide Explorer Workflow
  • 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
GC-MS/MS Pesticide Analyzer
  • 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 Workflow – 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: 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.

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Pesticide Explorer Workflow

Pesticide Explorer Workflow

Discover our new Pesticide Explorer workflow with compelling productivity and efficiency enhancements for food monitoring and testing laboratories, including added analytical capabilities to address the evolving customer and industry demands that come with detecting pesticide residue in food.

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