Food Adulterant Testing and Analysis

Reliable food adulterant testing techniques help detect adulterated and contaminated food before it hits the shelves to reach consumers, and mass spectrometers enable such analysis.

Food adulteration can be classified into — incidental adulteration, caused by negligence or intentional adulteration, which deliberate debasing of food quality thru ingredient admixture, substitution or even removal. From infant milk laced with melamine to selling horsemeat patties as beef, food adulteration is common, yet, there still is a gap between production, consumption and regulatory surveillance to keep food fraudsters in-check. So how can we be sure that what we're eating is the real thing?

LC-MS/MS: A Fast and Sensitive Approach
With the fast-growing numbers of food items to analyze and to have to maintain the fast turnaround times, to minimize the cost impact to manufacturers, routine food testing labs require increase throughput of the analysis.

SCIEX LC-MS/MS solutions can help your lab:

  • Reduce sample preparation and run time
  • Screen for more contaminants in each analysis, without compromising data quality for higher throughput
  • Quantitative and qualitative sensitivity to detect low concentration analytes in challenging matrices
  • Simultaneously quantitate with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) and collect high-speed full-scan

Rapid Identification and Accurate Quantitation in Your Food Samples

X500R QTOF System

Easy to use accurate mass spectrometer system that analyzes data faster; leveraging on the power of SWATH® Acquisition.


The all-in-one software that lets you acquire, process, analyze data and even generate reports.

QTRAP® System

Combine the MRM sensitivity of a triple quad to get you even better identification, characterization and quantitation.


Learning Center  
A New, Fast and Sensitive LC-MS /MS Method for the Accurate Quantitation and Identification of Melamine and Cyanuric Acid in Pet Food Samples Download
Multiplexing Two Different Food Residue Methods Using HILIC and Reversed Phase Chromatography in the Same LC-MS/MS Run Download
LC-MS/MS Analysis of Emerging Food Contaminants Download