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Food Chem 2013 Sep 1;140(1-2):340-2

Development and validation of ethylenethiourea determination in foods using methanol-based extraction, solid-phase extraction cleanup and LC-MS/MS.

Tran K, Mactal LP, Cromer MR, Vocque RH, Smith RE


To response to the need for a rapid, cost-effective, eco-friendly and efficient extraction process, a sensitive method for the determination of ethylenethiourea (ETU) in food matrices by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-LC/MS) was developed and validated. ETU was extracted from food commodities with methanol, cleaned up by alumina-SPE column, and then determined by HPLC-MS/MS. The MS detection was operated in positive ionization mode. For confirmation of target compound, two precursor ion>product ion transitions were selected by multi-reaction monitoring mode (MRM). The method showed good linearity with correlation coefficient higher than 0.9950. Recoveries at three spiked levels (10, 50, 100ng/g) in random selected food matrices were in range of 71-121% with RSDs not larger than 25%. The limit of quantitation for the analyte was estimated at 5ng/g.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #23578651 DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.02.029
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Regulatory Affairs
Entry Created: 2013-04-13 Entry Last Modified: 2013-06-09