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Techniques and Tools for Trace Metals and Nutritional Food Analysis

Latest webinar from PerkinElmer

Techniques and Tools for Trace Metals and
Nutritional Food Analysis

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Recorded on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 10am China (02:00 UTC)


With global concerns about food quality and food safety continuing to garner attention, it is important for both manufacturers and regulatory bodies to have robust analytical instrumentation and methods to ensure accurate and precise results. For the measurement of inorganic elements and nutrients, sample preparation can be of critical importance to the quality of the analysis. Here we discuss the process of sample preparation and analysis, the tools and techniques for the measurement of inorganic elements in food, and inorganic speciation of metals.

As part of this webinar, we will go through the process of analysing food samples from sample preparation to the analytical instrumentation used to test for trace metals and nutritional elements in food. Attendees will learn best practices for sample preparation, the typical sample preparation required for food analysis, and the advantages of using different types of sample preparation for food samples. In addition, we will walk through the different analytical techniques available for food analysis and their advantages. Using specific examples, attendees will learn the capabilities of the various technologies to analyse metals in food.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn about speciation of inorganic arsenic present in foods, specifically using the LC-ICP-MS technique. Here we will discuss the results of the sample analysis and associated method validation tests from a new method developed by PerkinElmer based on ion interaction chromatography applied to apple juice and rice samples.

What you will learn:

  • Inorganic metals analysis for both food quality and food safety
  • Sample preparation methods and best practices
  • Selecting the right analytical instrumentation for food quality and safety testing
  • Analysis of arsenic speciation in apple juice and rice by LC-ICP-MS

Who should attend?

  • Lab managers testing for heavy metals and nutritional elements in food

Your Presenters

160406_helmuternstberger Helmut Ernstberger

Senior Scientist,
PerkinElmer, Inc.

Helmut Ernstberger is a Senior Scientist at PerkinElmer, responsible for inorganic applications in food, including ICP-MS and speciation by LC-ICP-MS. Before joining PerkinElmer he was lecturer, associate research scientist and analytical laboratory manager in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He also had worked as project leader for research and development at Anzaplan, an analytical laboratory and engineering consultancy in Germany. He studied chemistry at Regensburg University, Germany, and completed his postgraduate education and a post doc in the UK. He obtained an MSc in analytical chemistry and PhD in environmental chemistry, both from Aberdeen University.

160406_nickspivey Nick Spivey

Inorganic Spectroscopy
Applications Scientist,
PerkinElmer, Inc.

Nick Spivey is an Inorganic Spectroscopy Applications Scientist at PerkinElmer, responsible for developing applications and methods for atomic spectroscopy. Prior to PerkinElmer, he was a method chemist at KMG chemicals and a senior quality engineer at General Chemical. He studied chemistry at the University of the Pacific where he completed his Bachelors.

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