Food Safety
Food Safety
Solutions from Restek

  • Established expertise. We put our decades of experience in food safety analysis to work for you.
  • Best-in-class Restek chromatography products—GC and LC columns and consumables, certified reference materials, and sample preparation products.
  • We’re chemists too. We understand you need accurate results fast, and we are committed to finding solutions that work for you.

At Restek, we understand the fast-paced nature of food safety testing. As an analyst, you might be reporting pesticide residues in blueberries one day and analyzing veterinary drugs in meat the next. And no matter how complex the sample matrix is, shipments are waiting so you need to get accurate results the first time. That’s why Restek’s food safety chemists stay busy at the bench developing new chromatography products and optimizing the sample prep, GC, and LC methods that you depend on in order to deliver accurate results quickly and with confidence. Here are just a few of the areas we focus on to better assist food safety labs.

At Restek, we view you as a colleague and we are personally committed to your success. Working with customers like you on a daily basis allows us to learn about emerging trends, techniques, and market needs. Based on this experience, we work hard to develop the best chromatography solutions for challenging food safety analyses. Our goal is to help make your job easier by providing the chromatography products and resources you need to get the right results the first time.

Restek Expertise & Service

We’re chemists just like you—we know nothing is more frustrating than methods that don’t work as advertised. Since we don’t sell instruments, we stay independent and provide unbiased advice on the products and methods that will best meet your needs. If you are struggling with a difficult matrix or stubborn coelution, contact us—we’re here to help!


Rxi-5ms Columns (fused silica)

low-polarity phase; Crossbond diphenyl dimethyl polysiloxane

  • General-purpose columns for semivolatiles, phenols, amines, residual solvents, drugs of abuse, pesticides, PCB congeners (e.g., Aroclor mixes), solvent impurities.
  • Most inert column on the market.
  • Tested and guaranteed for ultra-low bleed; improved signal-to-noise ratio for better sensitivity and mass spectral integrity.
  • Temperature range: -60 °C to 330/350 °C.
  • Equivalent to USP G27 and G36 phases.

Rxi-PAH Columns (fused silica)

midpolarity proprietary phase

  • Ideal for EFSA PAH4 analysisseparates all priority compounds: benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, and benzo[a]pyrene.
  • Best resolution of chrysene from interfering PAHs, triphenylene, and cyclopenta[cd]pyrene.
  • Complete separation of benzo [b], [k], [ j], and [a] fluoranthenes.
  • 360 °C thermal stability allows analysis of low-volatility dibenzo pyrenes.

Rxi Guard/Retention Gap Columns (fused silica)

  • Extend column lifetime.
  • Excellent inertnessobtain lower detection limits for active compounds.
  • Sharper chromatographic peaks by utilizing retention gap technology.
  • Maximum temperature: 360 °C.

Rxi-5Sil MS Columns (fused silica)

low-polarity phase; Crossbond 1,4-bis(dimethylsiloxy)phenylene dimethyl polysiloxane

  • Engineered to be a low-bleed GC-MS column.
  • Excellent inertness for active compounds.
  • General-purpose columnsideal for GC-MS analysis of semivolatiles, polycyclic aromatic compounds, chlorinated hydrocarbons, phthalates, phenols, amines, organochlorine pesticides, organophosphorus pesticides, drugs, solvent impurities, and hydrocarbons.
  • Temperature range: -60 °C to 350 °C.

Ultra Aqueous C18 Columns (USP L1)

Particle Size: 3 µm or 5 µm, spherical
Pore Size: 100 Å
Carbon Load: 15%
End-Cap: no
pH Range: 2.5 to 8
Temperature Limit: 80 °C
USP Phase Code: L1
Phase Category: modified C18
Ligand Type: proprietary polar modified and functionally bonded C18

Raptor ARC-18 LC Columns (USP L1)

  • Ideal for high-throughput LC-MS/MS applications with minimal sample preparation.
  • Well-balanced retention profile for better detection and integration of large, multiclass analyte lists.
  • Sterically protected to endure low-pH mobile phases without sacrificing retention or peak quality.
  • Part of Restek’s Raptor LC column line featuring 2.7 and 5 µm SPP core-shell silica.

Raptor EXP Guard Column Cartridges

  • Free-Turn architecture lets you change cartridges by hand without breaking inlet/outlet fluid connectionsno tools needed.
  • Patented titanium hybrid ferrules can be installed repeatedly without compromising high-pressure seal.
  • Auto-adjusting design provides ZDV (zero dead volume) connection to any 10-32 female port.

Reference Standards

QuEChERS Reference Standards

Browse our comprehensive list of QuEChERS reference standards, including internal standards and mixes for AOAC QuEChERS methods.

Pesticide Standards for Food Safety

Browse our complete offering of pesticide standards formulated specifically for food safety.

LC Multiresidue Pesticide Kit

  • Accurately detect and quantify pesticides of global food safety concern in a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other commodities by LC-MS/MS.
  • Full kit contains 204 compounds of interest, covering many LC-determined pesticides listed by government agencies; individual ampuls also sold separately.

Labeled Pesticide Residue Internal Standards for Food Analysis

  • Isotopically labeled to provide the best approach for pesticide residue quantification.
  • Multiple options let you choose internal and surrogate standards that will mitigate matrix effects.
  • Economically priced and compatible with both LC-MS and GC-MS applications; even helpful for optimizing LC-MS/MS system performance.
  • Restek is your complete supplier for world-class food safety analysis: pesticide reference standard mixes and internal/surrogate standards, GC and LC columns, QuEChERS, and more!

QuEChERS Performance Standards Kit

Designed for use in all QuEChERS methods for pesticides in fruits and vegetables, including the original unbuffered method, AOAC 2007.01, and EN15662.

EFSA PAH4 Standard

Convenient high concentration standard (1,000 μg/mL) allows you to dilute as needed to economically prepare custom mixes. Contains all four EFSA PAH4 compounds in toluene.

MOSH/MOAH Standard (9 components)

  • Developed specifically for using LC coupled with GC-FID to accurately determine hydrocarbons found in mineral oils, which can migrate from packaging into food.
  • This 9-component mix contains non-interfering internal standards as well as both mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbon (MOAH) markers to correctly cut fractions.
  • Restek is your complete supplier for world-class MOSH/MOAH analysis: reference standards, Allure silica LC columns, Rxi-5Sil MS GC columns, accessories, and more!

Melamine Analysis Kit

Everything you need for GC analysis of melamine. Includes Rxi®-5Sil MS GC column, reference standards, derivatization reagent, centrifuge tubes, syringe filters, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Sample Handling

Q-sep QuEChERS Extraction Salts

Fast, Simple Sample Prep for Multiresidue Pesticide Analysis

  • Salt packets eliminate the need for a second empty tube to transfer salts.
  • Go green by using packets with reusable tubes.
  • Convenient and easy to use.
  • Ready-to-use tubes, no glassware required.
  • Preweighed, ultra-pure sorbents.
  • Support original unbuffered, AOAC (2007.01) and European (EN 15662) QuEChERS methods.

Q-sep QuEChERS dSPE Tubes for Extract Cleanup

Fast, Simple Sample Prep for Multiresidue Pesticide Analysis

  • Packaged in foil subpacks of 10 for enhanced protection and storage stability.
  • Ready-to-use tubes, no glassware required.
  • Preweighed, ultra-pure sorbents.
  • Support original unbuffered, AOAC (2007.01), European (EN 15662), and mini-multiresidue QuEChERS methods.

Q-sep 3000 Centrifuge

for QuEChERS

  • Meets or exceeds requirements of original unbuffered, AOAC, and European QuEChERS methodology.
  • Supports 50 mL, 15 mL, and 2 mL centrifuge tubes.
  • Small footprint requires less bench space.
  • Safe and reliableUL, CSA, and CE approved; 1-year warranty.

Q-sep Bottle Top Solvent Dispenser

  • Adjustment knob offers 56 output volume settings from 2.5 mL to 30 mL per stroke (0.5 mL increments)ideal for QuEChERS methods!
  • Base features 30 mm threads and includes four adaptors (25 mm, 28 mm, 38 mm, and 45 mm).
  • Individually calibrated in accordance with ISO 8655 standards (certificate included) and can also be recalibrated by the user.
  • PTFE, glass, and polypropylene construction for excellent chemical compatibility and 100% autoclavability.
  • Integral safety discharge reduces risk of accidental dispensing, and nozzle cap prevents dripping.
  • Easy to disassemble for cleaning and servicing.

Q-sep Tube Racks

  • Available for 2 mL, 15 mL, and 50 mL tubes.
  • Alphanumerical grid reference on top tier for easy identification of samples.
  • Easy to assemble; simply fold and snap together securely.

Pesticide Residue Cleanup SPE Cartridges

  • Convenient, multiple adsorbent beds in a single cartridge.
  • For use in multiresidue pesticide analysis to remove matrix interferences.
  • Excellent for cleanup of dietary supplement extracts.

Resprep SPE Cartridges (Normal Phase)

Hydrophilic (polar) adsorbents used to extract hydrophilic analytes from nonpolar matrices, such as organic solvents (e.g., polar contaminants from sample extracts).

Supplies & Accessories

GC Multiresidue Pesticide Kit

  • Accurately identify and quantify pesticide residues by GC-MS/MS in fruits, vegetables, botanicals, and herbals such as tea, ginseng, ginger, echinacea, and dietary supplements.
  • Comprehensive 203-compound kit covers food safety lists by the FDA, USDA, and other global governmental agencies; individual ampuls also sold separately.

Universal Press-Tight Connectors

  • Universal fit: use with 0.10.53 mm ID Restek columns (0.330.74 mm OD).
  • Optional deactivated fused quartz helps eliminate activity for complete inertness along the GC flow path.
  • Optional Siltek deactivation is ideal for organochlorine pesticides analysis.
  • Connect a guard column to an analytical column.
  • Repair a broken column.
  • Connect a column outlet to a transfer line.

Restek Electronic Leak Detector

Don't let a small leak turn into a costly repairprotect your analytical column by using a Restek leak detector.

  • Audible tone indicates the severity of a leak.
  • Redesigned circuitry offers 12 hours of operation between charges.
  • Detects a broad range of gases; Ex rated for use with hydrogen and other explosive gases.*

EXP Direct Connect Holder

  • Free-Turn architecture lets you change cartridges by hand without breaking inlet/outlet fluid connectionsno tools needed.
  • Patented titanium hybrid ferrules can be installed repeatedly without compromising high-pressure seal.
  • Auto-adjusting design provides ZDV (zero dead volume) connection to any 10-32 female port.
  • EXP direct connect holder requires separate guard column cartridges; available from Restek in 2.1, 3.0, and 4.6 mm.

EXP Reusable Fittings for HPLC & UHPLC for 10-32 fittings and 1/16" tubing

EXP Hand-Tight Fittings

  • Hand-tight fitting style achieves effortless HPLC sealsno tools needed for a 8,700+ psi seal.
  • Both hand-tight and hex-head styles wrench-tighten for reliable UHPLC use up to 20,000+ psi!
  • Patented ferrule can be installed repeatedly without compromising high-pressure seal.
  • Hybrid design combines the durability of titanium with the sealing ability of PEEK.
  • Cutting-edge system provides ZDV (zero dead volume) connection to any 10-32 female port.
  • Compatible with 1/16" PEEK and stainless steel tubing.

GC Accessories

Full line of GC consumables, lab tools to make your life easier, and replacement parts for all major instrument manufacturers.

LC Accessories

Quality replacement parts, tools, and accessories for liquid chromatography.

Thomson SINGLE StEP Standard Filter Vials

  • Recommended for samples containing less than 10% solid particulates.
  • Easy-to-use vials offer fast sample filtration and require only a squeeze of your fingers.
  • Minimize sample loss by eliminating multiple transfers.
  • Color-coded caps allow easy identification of 0.2 μm or 0.45 μm membranes in PVDF, PTFE, PES, or nylon.
  • Pre-slit PTFE/silicone caps help eliminate broken autosampler needles and cored septa.
  • Rugged polypropylene vial houses insert with 450 μL loading capacity and low dead volume (120 μL).
  • Fit most standard 12 x 32 mm autosamplers, including UHPLC instruments.


Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Analytical Method for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Yerba Mate Tea Using Modified QuEChERS, Solid Phase Extraction and GC-TOFMS and GC-MS/MS

This application note describes the development of an analytical method for PAHs in tea that allows analysts to more quickly and accurately characterize target PAHs. Sample preparation is based on a modified QuEChERS extraction and solid phase extraction sample cleanup. Both GC-TOFMS and GC-MS/MS techniques were used and analyses were optimized for resolution of isobaric compounds, as well as for maintaining a reasonable analysis time.

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A Fast, Simple FET Headspace GC-FID Technique for Determining Residual Solvents in Cannabis Concentrates

As the cannabis industry expands, demand is increasing for analysis of residual solvents in cannabis concentrates in order to protect consumer safety. This application note details a simple, fast, accurate test for common residual solvents using full evaporation technique headspace GC-FID and an Rxi®-624Sil MS column.

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A Preliminary FET Headspace GC-FID Method for Comprehensive Terpene Profiling in Cannabis

This application note describes an FET-HS-GC-FID method that was developed in hops for the analysis of terpenes in cannabis. Good chromatographic separation allowed quantification of critical compounds across the volatility range, including α-pinene, β-myrcene, α-humulene, β-caryophyllene, and caryophyllene oxide.

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Mitigating Matrix Effects: Examination of Dilution, QuEChERS, and Calibration Strategies for LC-MS/MS Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Diverse Food Types

LC-MS/MS is popular for monitoring pesticide residues in food due to its selectivity and sensitivity; however, matrix effects can cause poor data quality and difficult quantification. We evaluated the relative effectiveness of sample dilution, QuEChERS cleanup, solvent-based calibration, and matrix-matched calibration strategies to mitigate matrix effects in celery, kale, avocado, lime, and brown rice flour.

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A Comprehensive Approach to Pesticide Residue Testing, Including Non-Target Analysis, for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts, Using QuEChERS, LC-MS/MS, and GCxGC-TOFMS

Food commodities that varied in water, fat, and pigment content were fortified with pesticides and processed using a QuEChERS sample preparation technique. Samples were analyzed by both GCxGC-TOFMS and LC-MS/MS, and good recoveries were obtained for most pesticides in most commodities.

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Comparing Pesticide Residues in Amish and Commercially Grown Strawberries and Spinach Using QuEChERS, Various dSPE Sorbents, and GC-TOFMS

QuEChERS extraction, dSPE cleanup, and GC-TOFMS analysis were used to assess pesticide residue levels in strawberry and spinach from both commercial and Amish growers. Various dSPE sorbent products were compared to determine which were most effective.

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Evaluation of Dispersive and Cartridge Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) Cleanups for Multiresidue Pesticides in QuEChERS Extracts of Finished Tobacco Using GCxGC-TOFMS

We compared the efficacy of dSPE and cSPE cleanup methods for multiresidue pesticide analysis of QuEChERS extracts of finished tobacco products using GCxGC-TOFMS. Cleanup with dSPE tubes containing 7.5 mg of GCB and 25 mg of PSA produced better results than other methods, with average recoveries of 92% and 91% for 500 ppb and 50 ppb fortifications respectively.

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Simple, Reliable HPLC Analyses of Organic Acids - Using Water-Compatible Allure® or Ultra C18 Columns

Commonly used organic acid methods (e.g. AOAC method 986.13) depend on reversed phase HPLC and C18 columns, however these columns are vulnerable to phase collapse when used with the aqueous mobile phases necessary for optimal organic acid analysis. Restek’s Ultra Aqueous C18, Allure® Aqueous C18, and Allure® Organic Acids columns all withstand phase collapse and resolve organic acids in a 100% aqueous mobile phase, compared to a conventional C18 column which shows a complete loss of retention.

General Interest

Prepare Olive Oil Samples for Pesticide Residue Analysis in Half the Time With a Fraction of the Solvent Using dSPE

Simplify and speed up sample preparation with Resprep® dSPE tubes! Here we show the extraction and clean-up of pesticide residues from olive oil samples—twice as fast as GPC, with only a fraction of the solvent required for conventional SPE.

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QuEChERS Products: Fast, Simple Sample Prep for Multiresidue Pesticide Analysis

Learn how to use the QuEChERS approach to perform faster, easier sample preparation and cleanup for multiresidue pesticide analysis. Q-sep QuEChERS products save time, money, and materials compared to modified Luke methods. (PDF - 3MB)

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New Rxi-PAH GC Column; Resolve Important Isobaric Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons for Food Safety and Environmental Methods

Separate isobaric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including priority EFSA PAH4 compounds benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, and benzo[a]pyrene, easily and accurately on an Rxi-PAH column. Whether you need more resolution or faster analysis, these new GC columns offer the selectivity and efficiency you need for food safety and environmental PAH analysis. (PDF - 1MB)

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Thomson SINGLE StEP Filter Vials

Patented Thomson SINGLE StEP filter vials speed up sample preparation and analysis. The incorporated vial plunger contains an integrated membrane that filters samples with just one squeeze—a SINGLE StEP® process to minimize sample loss while saving time and money during sample filtration. (PDF - 1MB)

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Accurately Determine Mineral Oil Hydrocarbons in Food and Packaging

Accurate testing for mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) in food and packaging is imperative to the safety of our food supply. Turn to Restek for the certified reference materials (CRMs), HPLC columns, GC guard columns, and GC analytical columns you need for world-class analysis of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) via online LC/GC coupling. (PDF - 1MB)

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Raptor ARC-18 LC Columns Brochure

Raptor LC columns combine the speed of superficially porous particles (i.e., SPP or “core-shell”) with the resolution of highly selective USLC technology. The sterically protected ARC-18 phase was designed and intended specifically for use with acidic mobile phases on LC-MS/MS systems. Even after extended use in low-pH (≤ 2.0) conditions, it offers consistent and well-balanced retention, peak shape, and response. Choose Raptor ARC-18 columns for the rapid analysis of large, multiclass assays by mass spectrometry. (PDF - 6MB)

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Ensure Successful Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Analysis—Choose Specialized Rxi-PAH Columns

Whether you are analyzing comprehensive lists or focusing on the EFSA PAH4, the Rxi-PAH column ensures your success by combining efficiency, selectivity, and robustness to produce a column that outperforms all competitors’ columns. Chose the configuration that best suits your application and be confident that you are reporting accurate results without bias from interferences.​ (PDF - 3MB)

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Accurately Quantify 380 Pesticides Using LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS

Stop spending your time and money developing LC-MS/MS or GC-MS/MS multiresidue pesticide methods and mixing reference standards when you could be running samples. Restek’s expert formulations chemists and chromatographers have already done the work for you—with guaranteed accuracy and at a lower cost. (PDF - 6MB)

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HPLC Analysis of Glucosinolates in Vegetable Extracts without Ion Pairing Using an Ultra Aqueous C18 Column

Glucosinolates with hydrophilic functional groups are very difficult to retain by conventional reversed phase HPLC, and when the functional groups in a sample are diverse, polarity can differ widely, complicating the problem. Until now, reversed phase HPLC with an ion pairing reagent has been the inconvenient, but necessary, approach to these analyses. This 2-page note describes a column and conditions for analyses of glucosinolates, without ion pairing. (PDF - 0MB)

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Developing New Methods for Pesticides in Dietary Supplements

QuEChERS is a simple, effective approach to sample prep that can be applied to the analysis of pesticides in dietary supplements. Here we demonstrate a QuEChERS, cSPE, GC-TOFMS procedure that results in good recoveries for a wide range of pesticides in dandelion root. (PDF - 6MB)

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Fast, Simple QuEChERS Extraction and Cleanup of Pesticide Residue Samples

QuEChERS dSPE methods simplify extract cleanup, reduce material costs, and improve sample throughput. Here we demonstrate the effectiveness of QuEChERS sample cleanup using a multiresidue analysis of pesticides on strawberries. (PDF - 1MB)

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