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Campden BRI continues investment in analytical equipment

Posted: 15 January 2015 | Campden BRI | No comments yet

Campden BRI is strengthening its chemical contaminant analysis capabilities with a significant investment in a new state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)…

Campden BRI is strengthening its chemical contaminant analysis capabilities with a significant investment in a new state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS).
PerkinElmer’s NexION® 350D ICP-MS will be used to quantify the levels of heavy metals and other elemental contaminants in food samples to support our clients’ efforts to meet regulatory demands.

Julian South, Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Campden BRI said, “This new ICP-MS will complement our other analytical equipment, enabling us to process more samples, more quickly and to lower detection levels. Commonly, we test for the levels of metals such as lead in cereals, cadmium in cocoa beans, arsenic in rice and mercury in fish. There are many further elements that we test for and this new addition will greatly enhance our capabilities. A current concern is nickel, and we will be able to offer the highest sensitivity for this at a time when stringent limits are being considered by EFSA. The new instrument will also enable us to deal with challenging food types where, previously, problems have been encountrered due to interferences between elements.”

The new mass spectrometer is the latest purchase as part of an ongoing investment at Campden BRI. In the last two years the company has installed almost £2 million in new, state-of-the-art processing and analytical equipment to ensure it remains a centre of excellence providing practically relevant services for the global food and drink industry.

Campden BRI is working closely with PerkinElmer to develop new testing methods for the food and drink industry.

Campden BRI (www.campdenbri.co.uk) provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety,
training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

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