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Journal of chromatography. A

Simultaneous determination of 14 disinfection by-products in meat products using microwave-assisted extraction and static headspace coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.


PMID 28624152

Abstract

This paper described the first analytical method to simultaneously determine 14 disinfection by-products (DBPs) in meat products using microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) and static headspace (SHS) followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The DBPs included were 4 trihalomethanes, 7 haloacetic acids, 2 haloacetonitriles and trichloronitromethane, which are commonly formed as a consequence of the disinfection process of water. The combination of the MAE and SHS techniques allows meat samples to be analysed in two sequential steps into the same HS vial in spite of the sample's complexity. Detection limits were obtained within the range of 0.06-0.70ng/g, and the average relative standard deviation was 7.4%. Recoveries throughout the whole process were between 86 and 95%. The SHS-GC-MS method was applied to determine DBPs in meat products with different industrial processing which could be contaminated through contact with disinfectants and/or treated water employed in the factory either for washing or for the cooking of meat. Up to 5 DBPs were found at ng/g levels in about 36% of the samples analysed, cooked ham being the most contaminated meat product because of the brine solutions employed in its manufacturing process.

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