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Pesticide Residue Analysis of a Dietary Ingredient by Gas Chromatography/Selected-Ion Monitoring Mass Spectrometry Using Neutral Alumina Solid-Phase Extraction Cleanup

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A sample cleanup procedure has been developed to remove coextractives that interfere with pesticide residue analysis of a dietary ingredient (Product B), an extract consisting of Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu. Samples were extracted using 1 acetic acid in acetonitrile, followed by solid-phase extraction and analysis by capillary gas chromatography with mass spectrometry in the selective-ion monitoring mode. Neutral alumina (alumina N) was found to be the most effective sorbent to remove coextractives from Product B; other materials that were tested but failed to remove interference were graphitized carbon black/primary-secondary amine (PSA), octadecylsilane (C18), Florisil, Oasis MCX, and strong anion exchange-PSA. The method was specifically developed for Product B, which was spiked with 41 organochlorine and organophosphorus pesticides, and resulted in the recovery of 80 to 120 at U.S. Pharmacopeia limits (0.06 to 4 g/g) for the majority of the pesticides.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Unigen Inc., Quality Control/Quality Assurance Department, 2660 Willamette Dr, NE, Lacey, WA 98516.

Publication date: 2008-05-01

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