Agri-Food Laboratories: Chemistry Laboratory Analytical Services, Capabilities and Instrumentation

 
 
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 Analytical Services Available to External Clients

Research Project Support:

Analytical services are available to clients outside of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The Chemistry Laboratory of the Agri-Food Laboratories has partnered with external researchers in support of projects which offer potential benefits for agriculture, food safety or animal health.

Do you have a project which requires access to chemical residue testing? If so, please contact us. We may be able to help. For a more detailed description of analytical testing capabilities please see Analytical Capabilities below.

Honey Testing:

The Chemistry Laboratory offers a variety of testing services on a fee-for-service basis to beekeepers and others involved in apiculture. For a more complete description of honey testing available through the Chemistry Laboratory please see Analytical Capabilities below.

Key Instrumentation

The Chemistry Laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation capable of highly sensitive and specific determination of a range of organic compounds and inorganic elements. These analytical instruments include:

· multiple liquid chromatograph-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometers (LC-MS/MS)

· a liquid chromatograph-time-of-flight mass spectrometer (LC-ToF).

· a gas chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer (GC-MS/MS)

· an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)

· two graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometers (GFAAS)

· high performance liquid chromatograph with refractive index detector (HPLC-RID)

Each is capable of detecting compounds/elements present at extremely low concentrations. The scientific data provided by this equipment enables effective chemical residue surveillance and monitoring.

Analytical Capabilities

The following testing services are available on a fee-for-service basis through the Chemistry Laboratory of the Agri-Food Laboratories.

General Honey Quality Analysis
    Test Name
    Matrix
    (sample requirements)
    Analytes
    Honey Quality Package
    Honey (minimum 200 g)
    · Colour (Pfund scale)
    · Moisture
    · Sugars (fructose, glucose, sucrose, turanose, maltose)
    · Tetracycline antibiotics (chlortetracycline, oxytetracycline, tetracycline)
    · Tylosin A + desmycosin (tylosin B)
    Honey – Colour
    Honey (minimum 100 g)
    · Colour (Pfund scale)
    Honey – Moisture
    Honey (minimum 100 g)
    · Moisture
    Honey – Sugars
    Honey (minimum 100 g)
    · Sugars (fructose, glucose, sucrose, turanose, maltose)
Antibiotic Residues in Honey
    Test Name
    Matrix
    (sample requirements)
    Analytes
    Fumagillin in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Fumagillin
    · Dicyclohexylamine
    Lincomycin in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Lincomycin
    Macrolide Antibiotics in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Anhydroerythromycin A
    · Desmycosin (tylosin B)
    · Erythromycin
    · Erythromycin A enol ether
    · Tilmicosin
    · Tylosin A
    Sulfonamide Antibiotics in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Sulfadiazine
    · Sulfadimethoxine
    · Sulfadoxine
    · Sulfamerazine
    · Sulfamethazine
    · Sulfapyridine
    · Sulfathiazole
    Tetracycline Antibiotics in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Chlortetracycline
    · Oxytetracycline
    · Tetracycline
    Tylosin in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Tylosin A
    · Desmycosin (tylosin B)
Pesticide Residue Analysis in Honey
    Test Name
    Matrix
    (sample requirements)
    Analytes
    Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    · Acetamiprid
    · Clothianidin
    · Imidacloprid
    · Thiamethoxam
    Synthetic Acaricides (Miticides) in Honey by LC-MS/MS
    Honey (minimum 20 g)
    ·Amitraz degradation products (2,4-dimethylaniline;
    2,4-dimethylphenylformamide; N-2,4-dimethylphenyl-N-methylformamidine)
    · Coumaphos
    · Flumethrin
    · Fluvalinate
Metals Analysis
    Test Name
    Matrix*
    Analytes
    Metals in Animal Tissue by ICP-MS
    Bovine Liver or Kidney

    ·Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Mercury, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Lead, Selenium, Tin, Zinc
    Lead in whole blood by GFAAS or ICP-MS
    Bovine blood
    · Lead
    Metals in wild bird by ICP-MS
    Wild bird liver or kidney

    Bird whole blood

    · Bird tissue: Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Lead.
    · Bird blood: Lead only
    Metals in vegetable by ICP-MS
    Various Vegetable
    · Available upon request
    Metals in honey by ICP-MS
    Honey
    ·Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Mercury, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Lead, Selenium, Tin, Zinc
    Lead in honey by GFAAS
    Honey
    · Lead
    Custom metal request
    Not applicable
*Minimum sampling requirements and turn-around-time are available upon client request.

Pesticide Residue Analysis in Apicultural Samples
    Test Name
    Matrix
    (sample requirements)
    Analytes
    Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Pollen by LC-MS/MS
    Pollen (minimum 10 g)
    · Acetamiprid
    · Clothianidin
    · Imidacloprid
    · Thiamethoxam
    Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Bees by LC-MS/MS
    Bees (minimum 200 bees)
    · Acetamiprid
    · Clothianidin
    · Imidacloprid
    · Thiamethoxam
    Insecticides in Bees by LC-MS/MS
    Bees (minimum 200 bees)
    · Contact Norine Best for more information regarding available analytes

For more information regarding the source of selected chemical residues in honey please see Chemical Residues in Honey – General Information.

For more information on the Chemistry Laboratory and the fees for analytical services, please contact Unit Head, Norine Best

 
 
 
 

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This information published to the web on July 4, 2017.