Food contamination is not always predictable. While most food testing labs routinely test for a targeted list of known food contaminants, it is often necessary to do general contaminant surveillance, or non-targeted screening. These could be contaminations resulting from chemical reactions that may occur during cooking or processing, or could be unknown metabolites of pesticides or residues used in food production. In more deliberate cases, illegal, and possibly carcinogenic, adulterants can be intentionally added to food to deceive the consumer.
Having tools to perform unknown surveillance to proactively search for food hazards is essential for food safety quality control and risk management.
SCIEX solutions for unknown contaminant surveillance give food safety scientists the ability to screen food samples for any and all potential compounds that are present, then identify those compounds, and quantify how much of them are present—all in a single analysis.