Title: Validation of an Analytical Method for the Determination of Glycerolthiheptanoate (GTH) in Processed Animal By-products: Results of a Collaborative Study
Citation: FOOD ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS vol. 27 no. 6 p. 793-800
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC54148
ISSN: 0265-203X
URI: http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/665204_791118134_919360796.pdf
DOI: 10.1080/19440040903551939
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The performance characteristics of a method for the determination of the marker substance glycerol triheptanoate (GTH) in processed animal by-products (ABPs) based on gas chromatography (GC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS) were determined via a collaborative study. Within the European Union GTH needs to be added to the portion of processed ABPs that must not enter the feed and food chain (Categories 1 and 2) at a minimum concentration of 250 mg kg-1 related to the fat fraction of the test samples analysed. The test materials included in the validation study consisted of three meat and bone meal (MBM) and three fat samples that contained GTH at different concentrations ranging from 61 to 455 mg kg-1. The obtained relative standard deviation of repeatability (RSDr) varied from 3.4 to 7.8% and the relative standard deviation of reproducibility (RSDR) varied from 9.0 to 16.5%, corresponding to HORRAT values that were in all cases equal or below the critical value of 2.0. The estimated trueness expressed in terms of average concentration obtained in the study compared to the target concentrations of GTH in all test materials varied from 95 to 107 % confirming acceptable values for the trueness of the method. Based on the acceptable values for the precision and trueness the method is fit for the intended purpose and can be used for official control purposes to determine GTH in processed animal by-products from Category 1 and Category 2.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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