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  • 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.

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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!

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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-624Sil MS Columns (fused silica)

midpolarity Crossbond phase

  • Low-bleed, high-thermal stability column—maximum temperatures up to 300–320 °C.
  • Inert—excellent peak shape for a wide range of compounds.
  • Selective—G43 phase highly selective for volatile organics and residual solvents, great choice for USP<467>.
  • Manufactured for column-to-column reproducibility—well suited for validated methods.

Rxi-PAH Columns (fused silica)

midpolarity proprietary phase

  • Ideal for EFSA PAH4 analysis—separates 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 inertness—obtain 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 columns—ideal 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.
  • Some dimensions also available as Integra-Guard columns — a guard and analytical column in one to eliminate connection problems!

Hydroguard-Treated MXT Guard/Retention Gap Columns/Transfer Lines (passivated stainless steel)

  • Extend analytical column lifetime by preventing degradation from harsh "steam-cleaning" water injections.
  • Maximum temperature: 325 °C.

Ultra Aqueous C18 Columns (USP L1)

Stationary Phase Category: modified C18 (L1)
Ligand Type: proprietary polar modified and functionally bonded C18
Particle: 3 µm or 5 µm, spherical
Pore Size: 100 Å
Carbon Load: 15%
End-Cap: no
Surface Area: 300 m2/g
pH Range: 2.5 to 8
Maximum Temperature: 80 °C

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 1.8, 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 connections—no 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.
  • Guard column cartridges require EXP direct connect holder (cat.# 25808).
  • Pair with EXP hand-tight fitting (cat.# 25937–25938) for tool-free installation.

Allure Silica Columns (USP L3)

Particle: 5 µm, spherical
Pore Size: 60 Å
Carbon Load: n/a
End-cap: n/a
Surface Area: 450 m2/g
pH Range: 2.5 to 8
Maximum Temperature: 80 °C

Highly retentive phase for normal phase separations. Very high surface area, Type B silica packing.

Performing MOSH/MOAH analysis? Use cat.# 9160572 below.

Raptor FluoroPhenyl LC Columns (USP L43)

  • Capable of both reversed-phase and HILIC separations.
  • Ideal for increasing sensitivity and selectivity in LC-MS analyses.
  • Offers increased retention for charged bases.
  • Part of Restek’s Raptor LC column line featuring 1.8, 2.7, and 5 µm SPP core-shell silica.
  • Switch to a Raptor FluoroPhenyl LC column when you need more retention and selectivity for basic and hydrophilic compounds than you can achieve on a C18.

Rt-2560 Column (fused silica)

highly polar phase; biscyanopropyl polysiloxane—not bonded

  • Stationary phase selectivity optimized for isomer separation to ensure accurate quantification of critical cis/trans FAMEs.
  • Application-specific QC test guarantees consistent, reliable performance for AOAC 996.06 and AOCS Ce 1j-07 methods.
  • Excellent sample capacity; no peak distortion means easy, accurate peak integration.
  • Temperature range: 20–250 °C.

Rxi-17Sil MS Columns (fused silica)

midpolarity Crossbond phase

  • Excellent inertness and selectivity for active environmental compounds, such as PAHs.
  • Low bleed for use with sensitive detectors, such as MS.
  • 340/360 °C upper temperature limits.
  • Equivalent to USP phase G3.

Stabilwax Columns (fused silica)

polar phase; Crossbond polyethylene glycol

  • Low-bleed PEG column ensures long column lifetimes.
  • Temperature range: 40 °C to 260 °C.
  • Equivalent to USP G14, G15, G16, G20, and G39 phases.
  • Some dimensions also available as Integra-Guard columns — a guard and analytical column in one to eliminate connection problems!

Rxi-65TG Columns (fused silica)

High-polarity Crossbond phase

  • Ideal for the analysis of triglycerides in edible oils.
  • Excellent thermal stability up to 370 ˚C ensures consistent results and longer column lifetimes.
  • Separate and quantify critical triglycerides (acylglycerols) without interference from column bleed.
  • Observe even underivatized mono- and diglycerides.
  • Novel manufacturing techniques ensure consistent column-to-column quality.

Raptor Biphenyl LC Columns (USP L11)

  • Ideal for bioanalytical testing applications like drug and metabolite analyses.
  • Heightened selectivity and retention for compounds that are hard to resolve or elute early on C18 and other phenyl chemistries.
  • Limits ionization suppression and allows simple, MS-friendly mobile phases.
  • Part of Restek’s Raptor LC column line featuring 1.8, 2.7, and 5 µm SPP core-shell silica.

Raptor HILIC-Si LC Columns (USP L3)

  • HILIC silica column designed for increased retention of polar compounds without ion-pairing reagents.
  • 2.7 µm Raptor core-shell particles provide the speed of SPP, with greater efficiency and capacity than 5 µm particles.
  • Ideal for increasing sensitivity and selectivity in LC-MS analyses.
  • Fully compatible with both HPLC and UHPLC when using low back-pressure HILIC mobile phases.
  • Switch to a Raptor HILIC-Si LC column when you need more retention and resolution of hydrophilic, polar analytes.

Allure Acrylamide LC Column

  • Stable retention times for hundreds of matrix injections.
  • Faster equilibration times allow for method optimization and shorter analyses.
  • Accurate low ppt-level limits for acrylamide in drinking water.
  • Meet or exceed EN 16618:2015 and U.S. FDA procedure requirements for food applications.
  • Reliable, long-lasting performance injection to injection and column to column.

Allure Guard Cartridges

Particle Size: 5 µm spherical
Pore Size: 60 Å

For a detailed description of the stationary phase in this guard cartridge, see the product page for an analytical column with the same silica and stationary phase (e.g., Allure AK).

Trident LC Column Protection System

Redesigned to be more rugged and easier to use!

  • Match your needs with three levels of protection: filter only, cartridge only, or filter and cartridge.
  • Durable metal tip with replaceable PEEK ferrule means easy installation onto column without tools.
  • Improved thread design and materials create an optimal seal that releases and reseals easily, allowing multiple installations without galling and binding.
  • Easy-to-remove cap frit simplifies filter replacement.
  • Direct connection eliminates tubing and connectors that increase system volume and leak potential.
  • Low-dead-volume design has negligible effect on chromatography.

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.

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.

trans Fat Reference Standards

  • For accurate determination of trans fat content in foods and edible oils.
  • Pair with an Rt-2560 GC column for reliable AOAC and AOCS method performance.
  • Verified composition and stability.

Steroids and Mixed Pharmaceuticals Mix (10 components)

U.S. DEA-exempted formulation—no additional customer permits or licensing are required to purchase within the U.S.

USP Residual Solvent Standards

  • USP equivalent standards for the revised USP <467> general chapter—compliance without the cost—compare prices today.
  • The only complete source for USP <467>.

FAPAS Series 9 OP Pesticide Mix 1 (10 components)

  • External check of quality for laboratories performing food testing.
  • Ensures accurate proficiency testing.
Equal concentration of all compounds. Suitable for GC-FPD, GC-NPD, and GC-MS analysis.

Fragrance Allergen Standards Kit

  • Fully resolves 31 fragrance allergens with one analysis on an Rxi-17 column.
  • Ideal for GC-MS analysis following IFRA methodology.
  • Helps you meet EU requirements defined in the European Cosmetics Directive.
  • All components included at 400 ppm to allow dilution for calibration curves and use with different solvents.
  • Exceeds purity requirements outlined in IFRA method.
  • This kit contains one ampul of each of the following cat.#s: 33100, 33101, 33102, 33103, 33104. (Components of the kit are not available for individual sale.)

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 processing equipment and packaging into food.
  • This 9-component mix contains noninterfering internal standards as well as both mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbon (MOAH) markers that are used to correctly cut LC fractions.

Pyrethrins Standard

Isomeric in nature, the pyrethrins neat material contains the following isomers: cinerin I and II, jasmolin I and II, and pyrethrin I and II. Isomer ratios for each lot are given in elution order on the certificate.

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.

EU 15+1 PAH Standard (16 components)

  • Formulated to contain the 16 major European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) PAH compounds.
  • High concentration (100 μg/mL) solution provides value and flexibility. Dilute as needed for fortification and calibration mixes.
  • Low-volatility toluene solvent provides longer shelf life, which helps ensure more accurate results.
  • Broad solvent miscibility—compatible with acetonitrile, the QuEChERS solvent.
  • Pair with Rxi-PAH GC column for easy separation of critical PAH compounds from common interferences in food and environmental samples.
  • HPLC compatible when diluted in appropriate solvent and analyzed with Pinnacle II PAH columns or UHPLC compatible on the Pinnacle DB PAH column.

SV Internal Standard Mix (6 components)

  • High purity for consistent results.
  • Free quality assurance data package available online.
  • Highest concentrations commercially available.

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 processing equipment and packaging into food.
  • This 9-component mix contains noninterfering internal standards as well as both mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbon (MOAH) markers that are used to correctly cut LC fractions.

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.


Deuterium-labeled acrylamide is an excellent and cost-effective isotopically labeled internal standard choice for the analysis of acrylamide in food or environmental samples.

Boron Trifluoride

  • For accurate determination of trans fat content in foods and edible oils.
  • Pair with an Rt-2560 GC column for reliable AOAC and AOCS method performance.
  • Verified composition and stability.
Boron trifluoride is very sensitive to moisture and should not be stored after opening. This is a single-use container.

Sample Handling

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.
  • Pre-weighed, ultra-pure sorbents.
  • Support original unbuffered, AOAC (2007.01), European (EN 15662), and mini-multiresidue QuEChERS methods.

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 five adaptors (28 mm, 32 mm, 36 mm, 40 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).

Meets requirements of EPA Methods 515.2 and 553.

Empty Centrifuge Tubes, FEP

Sturdy, easy-to-clean FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) tubes last indefinitely under normal usage conditions—and cost 50% less!

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.
  • Preslit 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.

Syringe Filters with Luer Lock Inlet

  • Luer lock inlet offers leak-tight syringe connection.
  • Variety of filter types, porosities, and diameters.
  • Color coded for easy identification.
  • Rugged polypropylene housing.
  • Autoclavable to 121 °C for 15 minutes.
  • Quantity break pricing for greater savings.
Note: Syringe filters are for laboratory use only.

Resprep VM-96 Vacuum Manifold for 96-Well Plates

  • Heavy-duty, stainless steel and aluminum body stays in place and does not slide like lighter models.
  • Viewing window allows easy observation of plate height and drip rate.
  • Durable O-ring and gaskets resist solvent damage and provide leak-free seals time after time.
  • Precision-manufactured parts assemble quickly and easily, with perfect alignment of well plate and collection plate.
  • Customize plate height to your exact requirements; precision height adaptor and five shims in a range of thicknesses allow easy, accurate configuration.
  • Works with any manufacturer’s well plates and collection plates for solid phase extraction (SPE), supported liquid extraction (SLE), protein precipitation (PPT), and filtration.

Restek PAL SPME Arrow

  • Rugged stainless-steel construction ensures longer lifetimes.
  • Faster extraction means higher sample throughput.
  • Better sensitivity allows lower LODs.
  • Choose format based on sampling technique:
    • 1.1 mm sleeve, if only using headspace sampling.
    • 1.5 mm wide sleeve, if using direct immersion sampling (works for headspace, too).

Restek PAL SPME Fibers

  • Suitable for a wide range of analyte chemistries and sample matrices.
  • Reliable performance meets or exceeds other brands.
  • Robust aluminum hub is more durable than plastic.
  • Optimized for PAL system autosamplers and compatible with most GC inlets.
  • SPME automated sample preparation reduces sample handling and solvent consumption.

Supplies & Accessories

Universal Press-Tight Connectors

  • Connect a guard column to an analytical column.
  • Repair a broken column.
  • Connect a column outlet to a transfer line.

Dynamic Duo (Restek Leak Detector and ProFLOW 6000 Flowmeter)

Protect your instrument and improve data quality with this powerful pair from Restek. Checking for leaks and verifying flows before you start running help you avoid costly problems later.

EXP Direct Connect Holder

  • Free-Turn architecture lets you change cartridges by hand without breaking inlet/outlet fluid connections—no 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.
  • Pair with EXP hand-tight fitting (cat.# 25937–25938) for tool-free installation.

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 seals—no tools needed for a 8700+ 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.


posted Tue, Mar 04, 2014
Are fatty acids overwhelming your QuEChERS dSPE PSA cleanup and causing issues in your GC analysis? Get more cleanup capacity with cartridge SPE cleanup!
posted Thu, Nov 14, 2013
Analyzing pesticides in herbal tea using QuEChERS and GCxGC-TOFMS of course!
posted Fri, Jul 12, 2013
From the Front Lines: Waging War on Bugs.
posted Mon, Jul 08, 2013
Testing for pesticides in tobacco… QuEChERS makes it easy!!
posted Fri, Jul 05, 2013
QuEChERS 3 part series…almost
posted Fri, Apr 19, 2013
No Prescription Needed: Pharmaceuticals in Your Supplements
posted Fri, Mar 29, 2013
Mining through complex data and non-target analysis is made easier with GCxGC-TOFMS
posted Thu, Feb 28, 2013
First GCxGC Separation of PAHs Triphenylene and Chrysene, and Benzo [b], [k], and [j] fluoranthenes Using the New Rxi-PAH GC Column
posted Fri, Feb 22, 2013
Who cut the cheese…and PCBs?
posted Thu, Nov 01, 2012
QuonFuseD by QuEChERS?
posted Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Some notes about Fats and Oils, cis/trans-Fatty acids and our latest re-launched RT 2560
posted Wed, Nov 30, 2016
Some notes about Fats and Oils in Food and about FAME and FAMEWAX
posted Fri, Jun 17, 2016
EPRW: European Pesticides Residue Workshop in Sunny Cyprus
posted Thu, Mar 31, 2016
Split Injection Makes for Easier Polar Solvent GC Work versus Splitless Injection
posted Thu, Mar 31, 2016
Shoot-and-Dilute GC – Practical GC – The Column
posted Thu, Mar 31, 2016
Don’t Forget to Change Your GC Inlet Bottom Seal and Trim Your GC Column as Part of Your Maintenance Routine!
posted Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Determination of Chloropropanols in Soy Sauce: Part 1, Enter The Matrix


Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Optimizing GC-MS and GC-MS/MS Analysis of 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters in Edible Oils

In this work, we developed an improved, indirect GC-MS method for the analysis of 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters by evaluating different inlets (PTV and split/splitless) and injection modes (split vs. splitless).

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: Polar Pesticides in Spinach on Raptor Polar X by LC-MS/MS - Fast and Rugged Direct Analysis of Polar Pesticides in Spinach

This fast, simple LC-MS/MS workflow for the direct analysis of polar pesticides in spinach provides good retention and peak shape over hundreds of matrix injections on a Raptor Polar X column.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Analysis of Nicotine and Impurities in Electronic Cigarette Solutions and Vapor

Despite the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, relatively little work has been done to characterize their vapor. In this study, we developed a quick, simple thermal desorption device for sampling vapor, as well as methods for analyzing vapor and solutions to determine nicotine content (GC-FID) and impurity profiles (GC-MS). This novel approach, which utilizes an Rtx-VMS column, provides detectable levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) from a single 40 mL puff.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Highly Reproducible Detailed cis/trans FAMEs Analysis Ensured by New Optimized Rt-2560 Column Manufacturing and Application-Specific QC Test

Even minor variations in manufacturing processes can potentially have detrimental effects on column-to-column reproducibility. As shown here, Rt-2560 GC columns produced using a newly updated and optimized manufacturing process exhibit high reproducibility and provide consistent performance for detailed cis/trans FAMEs analysis.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Rt-2560 Columns Ensure Accurate, Reliable AOAC 996.06 and AOCS Ce 1j-07 FAMEs Analysis

Restek has optimized the manufacturing process and implemented a new, application-specific QC testing procedure for all new Rt-2560 columns (cat.# 13198). Here we demonstrate that, Rt-2560 columns produced using the optimized process exhibit excellent performance for both AOAC 996.06 and AOCS Ce 1j-07 FAMEs analysis and meet all method requirements.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

High-Resolution GC Analyses of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAMEs)

Capillary GC is especially useful for determining total fat content, trans fat content, and total omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content in foods. The choice of capillary column depends on the information required. As shown here, whatever your fatty acid analysis requirements, Restek can provide the consistent-performance analytical columns and reference mixes that will help you to accurately characterize your materials.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters on Rxi-17Sil MS - Faster GC-MS Analysis of 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters in Edible Oils

The analysis of 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters using AOCS Cd 29c-13 is time consuming and exposes the GC-MS to harsh derivatization reagents that can limit column lifetime and increase maintenance costs. Here, we optimized the method using split injection, resulting in a time savings of 8 minutes, less damage from derivatization reagents, and the flexibility to use either PTV or split/splitless inlets.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Improve Acrylamide Analysis in Food with a Long-Lasting LC Column and a Cost-Effective Internal Standard

This method for acrylamide analysis in food provides faster analysis times and meets EN 16618.2015 system suitability requirements longer compared to porous graphitized carbon column methods.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Residual Pesticides Analysis of Botanical Ingredients Using Gas Chromatography Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry

Dietary supplements, which are consumed worldwide, are made from various botanical ingredients. To be safe from pesticides exposure, residual pesticides must be monitored by chromatographic instrumentation. Issues arise, however, due to the fact these botanical samples are dried and cause large interferences in the chromatography. This study shows that the modified QuEChERS method combined with GC-MS/MS achieves consistent pesticides monitoring in botanical ingredients.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids on Raptor ARC-18 - Rapid, Simple 4.5-Minute Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids Analysis by LC-MS/MS

Pyrrolizidine alkaloid analysis is time consuming, with a typical run time of 15 minutes, and the acid digestion step can shorten analytical column lifetime. In contrast, this analysis using an acid-resistant Raptor ARC-18 column eluted the final compound in just 3.2 minutes with good peak shape and separation.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Robust Analysis of Fatty Acids in Milk: An Independent Lifetime Evaluation of Rt-2560 GC Columns

The analysis of fatty acids in milk fat is an important test and this challenging matrix was used by Eurofins Analytik GmbH to evaluate the stability of Rt-2560 columns. Consistent retention times and separations were achieved even after 225 injections, demonstrating the column’s robust performance.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Can Nonmatching Mycotoxin SIDA Internal Standards Be Used for Stable Isotope Dilution Assay Calibration?

Stable isotope dilution assay (SIDA) is a calibration technique that can be used to offset matrix effects. However, care must be given to choosing appropriate internal standards. This article demonstrates the importance of using a labeled internal standard that matches the target analyte for mycotoxin SIDA analysis.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: Multiresidue Pesticide Mix Extracted from Brown Rice Flour Using QuEChERS Extraction and Cleanup - 7.5-Min Screening Analysis of Multiresidue Pesticides in Brown Rice Flour

Multiresidue pesticides analysis presents many challenges, from extensive lists of chemically diverse analytes to the negative effects of complex matrix components. The optimized chromatographic method described here allows the analysis of hundreds of compounds in as little as 7.5 minutes with a total cycle time under 10 minutes, ensuring fast, accurate sample screening and increased lab productivity.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

GC/MS Analysis of Melamine and Cyanuric Acid Below 1 μg/g in Infant Formula

The establishment of a 1 µg/g safety threshold for melamine in infant foods has led to a need for sensitive methods. Here we established GC/MS conditions for highly reproducible analyses and evaluated the effectiveness of both solvent-based and matrix-matched standards. Using this method, melamine and cyanuric acid were reliably detected at and below 1 µg/g in infant formula.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: Mycotoxins in Peanut Powder on Raptor Biphenyl - 5.5 Minute LC-MS/MS Analysis of Mycotoxins
in Peanut Powder

The method developed here provides a fast analysis of mycotoxins in peanut powder. Baseline separation of 12 FDA and EU regulated mycotoxins was achieved in a 5.5 minute analysis (7 minute total cycle time). This method can be applied to different matrices using either matrix-matched calibration or a stable isotope dilution assay. Sample throughput can be greatly increased by the short cycle time for each run.

Foods, Flavors & Fragrances

Featured Application: Bisphenols on Raptor Biphenyl - Comprehensive LC-MS/MS Analysis of 15 Bisphenols in 8 Minutes

The analysis of bisphenolic compounds that are used as alternatives to bisphenol A (BPA) is essential for monitoring exposure to and evaluating the safety of these emerging industrial chemicals. The LC-MS/MS method presented here provides excellent chromatographic peak shape and separation for an extensive list of BPA analogues in a fast, 8-minute analysis.

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Featured Application: Mycotoxins on Raptor FluoroPhenyl - Highly Selective LC-MS/MS Analysis of Mycotoxins from Multiple Classes

Mycotoxin contamination of crops is not only a public health concern, but it also has a huge impact on the global economy. This highly selective LC-MS/MS analysis of 20 mycotoxins in just 9 minutes allows scientists to accurately identify toxins, to monitor food products for contamination, and to support control strategies that prevent economic loss.

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Featured Application: Analysis of Melamine and Related Compounds on Raptor HILIC-Si - Trace-Level Analysis of Melamine and Related Compounds by LC-MS/MS

The analysis of melamine and related compounds is critical in protecting consumers from adulterated food products. While these highly polar analytes are difficult to retain and accurately quantify on many columns, the Raptor HILIC-Si column and LC-MS/MS method shown here allow quick and complete separations, so melamine and related compounds can be accurately identified and quantified even at residual levels.


Featured Application: Paraquat and Diquat on Raptor HILIC-Si - LC-MS/MS Analysis of Paraquat and Diquat without Ion-Pairing Reagents

LC-MS/MS analysis of paraquat and diquat herbicides is an important tool for protecting human and environmental health. However, the ion-pairing reagents that are commonly used to improve retention, resolution, and peak shape have a negative impact on sensitivity and can contaminate the system necessitating frequent cleaning. The LC-MS/MS analysis of paraquat and diquat presented here provides complete separation and good peak response for both target analytes in a fast, 7-minute gradient run without the use of troublesome ion pairing reagents.

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Featured Application: Multiclass Veterinary Antibiotics on Raptor C18 by LC-MS/MS - One Analysis, One Column, Less than 9 Minutes for Over 60 Multiclass Antibiotics

The use of antibiotics on food-producing animals is a public health and safety concern due to the potential of generating drug-resistant bacteria. A sensitive, efficient, and reliable analytical method for different classes of antibiotics is necessary to meet regulations covering maximum residue limits (MRL) for a variety of animal tissue and food products. The Raptor C18 LC column is the ideal choice for antibiotic residue analysis.

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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.


Matrix Effects in Multi-Residue Pesticide Analysis When Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Matrix effects present a significant challenge to multi-residue pesticide analysis of food samples using LC/MS/MS. In this editorial, Dr. Kai Zhang, of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, discusses approaches that minimize matrix effects.

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Featured Application: LC Analysis of 4-MEI on Raptor FluoroPhenyl Columns - Reliable HILIC LC-MS/MS Analysis of 4-Methylimidazole (4-MEI) on Raptor FluoroPhenyl Columns

Raptor FluoroPhenyl columns perform well in both HILIC and reversed phase modes, giving method developers the flexibility to select the mode that performs best for their specific compounds of interest. Here we use a Raptor Fluorophenyl column in HILIC mode for LC analysis of 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). This approach provides more retention than reversed phase mode and can be applied to determining 4-MEI levels in caramel colorings to monitor formulations and also in foods and beverages to assess potential exposure.

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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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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 - 0MB)

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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 - 0MB)

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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 - 0MB)

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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 - 0MB)

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EXP and EXP2 Fittings: Reusable fittings for easy, reliable HPLC & UHPLC connections

EXP and EXP2 fittings are now available from Restek. These reusable HPLC/UHPLC fittings feature a patented titanium/PEEK ferrule that provides repeated zero-dead-volume connections to any 10-32 female port without compromising high-pressure seals. (PDF - 0MB)

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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 - 5MB)

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QuEChERS Sample Preparation Procedures

Instruction sheet for QuEChERS sample preparation, cat.# 25847, 25848, 25849, 25850, 25851, 25852, 26123, 26124, 26125, 26126, 26215, 26216, 26217, 26218, 26219, 26220, 26221, 26222, 26223, 26224, 26225, 26226, 26242, 26243, 26244, 26245. (PDF - 0MB)

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QuEChERS Made Even Easier: Comprehensive Solutions Simplify Sample Prep and 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 - 5MB)

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Improve Acrylamide Analysis with Allure Acrylamide LC Columns and Certified Reference Standards

Meet method requirements for food and drinking water quickly and easily with Allure Acrylamide LC columns, guards, and reference standards. (PDF - 2MB)

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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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