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Monitoring Stevioside in Soju by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

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A method using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV absorption detection was developed to monitor stevioside in soju, a distilled spirits product that is commercially available. The method uses a single-step dilution for sample preparation. It completely eliminates the time-consuming process of solid-phase extraction. A method using HPLC/mass spectrometry was optimized to confirm the identities of stevioside and other related impurities, including rebaudioside A, rebaudioside C, and dulcoside. The method was validated. The validation parameters included range (10.11007.3 ppm), precision, linearity, accuracy, robustness, system suitability, and intermediate precision. Stevioside standard solutions at 6 concentration levels were prepared for the validation work, including the tests for precision, linearity, and accuracy. The solutions were prepared in triplicate for each concentration. The relative standard deviation for the precision test was <3 for all 6 concentration levels. The correlation coefficient for the linearity within the concentration range was determined to be >0.999. The average recovery ranged from 95.7 to 101.1 for the soju samples spiked with stevioside standard. The detection limit for stevioside was estimated at 75 ppb. The method was used to screen several soju samples; no detectable stevioside was found in the samples.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, National Laboratory Center, 6000 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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