Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a program focused on assisting government and commercial food testing laboratories in the development and implementation of methods for the analysis of melamine in food products. This program comes in response to the recent alert issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The US FDA Import Alert #99-30 sets forth guidelines requiring the “Detention without physical examination of all milk products, milk derived ingredients and finished food products containing milk from China due to the presence of melamine and/or melamine analogs.” This alert is expected to put new pressures on food producers and retailers and increase demand for timely testing by commercial laboratories. The alert includes specific guidelines for product testing as well as requirements that need to be met before a detained product can be released
Thermo Fisher Scientific is able to provide a complete testing solution — including sample preparation, instrumentation, consumables and methods support — necessary to enable a laboratory to perform the sample analysis according to FDA alert requirements.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a testing method based on a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (TSQ Quantum LC-MS/MS) system. This method is currently being used as a reference by the laboratories under the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in China to develop an LC-MS/MS method for the detection of melamine in milk and infant formula.
In addition to the LC-MS/MS solution, Thermo Fisher Scientific can provide screening and confirmation techniques based on its Thermo Scientific gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technologies. The company’s ITQ Series quadrupole ion trap GS/MSn, or its TSQ Quantum triple quadrupole GC/MS with highly selective reaction monitoring (H-SRM), can perform quick and accurate analysis of melamine in complex samples such as milk and baby formula. The company’s comprehensive offerings also include a range of sample collection, sample preparation and data management products. Completing the workflow solution is a broad portfolio of chemicals, consumables and equipment, along with e-commerce and supply chain services.