The tomato is the second most important vegetable crop next to potato. Global tomato production is currently around 130 million tons. The top 5 largest tomato producers are: China, EU, India, US and Turkey. They account for 70% of global production. Most of the fresh tomatoes are immediately processed into products such as juice, puree, and paste, ketchup/sauce, and canned whole. Pesticide residues in such products can cause a number of adverse health effects. Therefore, the accurate and robust identification and quantitation of pesticides is highly important.
The use of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GC×GC) with Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOF-MS) demonstrates excellent matrix-analyte and analyte-analyte separation quality of a high number of target pesticides, at high sensitivity.
The LECO Pegasus BT4D was used to develop a robust and straightforward quantification workflow adhering to SANTE requirements.
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