Food Safety Magazine




Simple Solutions for Consistent Quality Measurements

Consistent quality control measurements are key to high-quality food products, but variability in operator technique limits consistent results. Even though manual titrations are used throughout the food industry for fast quality checks of everything from raw ingredients to final packaged products, subjective endpoint detection limits the consistency of these measurements. This challenge makes it nearly impossible for two operators to record the same endpoint and deliver consistent results. Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

Dr. David Cunningham, senior principle scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, will share his improvements gained from automatic titration during his 30+ years of food industry experience. David drove improvements in product quality and productivity as he led an organizational change from manual to automatic titration in both research and production. As the principle lead for Ocean Spray’s technical support and training, David will also discuss the necessity of integrating a simple, easy-to-train automatic titration system.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how inconsistent measurements from manual titration negatively affect product quality
  • See how automatic titration overcomes the limitations of manual titrations while maintaining easy-to-use and easy-to-learn methods
  • Learn the productivity and accuracy benefits that come from using automatic titration in any quality control setting


David Cunningham, Ph.D., is senior principal scientist in the research sciences and regulatory affairs group of Ocean Spray Cranberries, where he has worked for 31 years. He currently leads efforts in technical and regulatory risk management, provides subject matter expertise in the cranberry, analytical and quality sciences, and supports the technical issue resolution and training needs of the business. Dr. Cunningham led Ocean Spray’s transition from the use of manual titration techniques for juice acidity and vitamin C determinations to the use of automatic titration equipment in their corporate and plant laboratories. Previously, Dr. Cunningham held a fellowship position with the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in Washington, DC. Dr. Cunningham received his Ph.D. in food chemistry, with an emphasis on flavor and natural products chemistry, from Cornell University and his B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Cunningham is currently a member of the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, AOAC International, the Technical Committee on Juice and Juice Products, the Juice Products Association Technical Affairs and Food Chemistry Committees, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Food Industry Analytical Chemist Working Group.

Lori Carey is the product manager for titration for Metrohm USA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and over 10 years of experience in the chemical, food & beverage, and environmental industries. During her prior 3 years as an applications chemist at Metrohm USA, she focused on the development of thermometric titration and has successfully brought innovative solutions to difficult applications in a variety of industries.

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem, Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by:

For This Complimentary Webinar Today!

Quality & Compliance: From Development to Launch

Quality and compliance are vital to all process manufacturing companies so it must be considered not just during production but throughout the product development cycle. To avoid costly errors, companies around the globe are enhancing their current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software with best of breed Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. This enables the entire organization to have better visibility to the creation and continuous improvement of recipes and formulas rather than operating in separate silos.

Join T. Hasegawa’s Nasser Dastmalchi’s, VP of IT, as he discusses how their recent technology integration keeps your favorite food and beverages tasty and safe, as well as how the lessons learned can apply to any process manufacturer. Mike Edgett, Industry & Solution Strategy Director at Infor, will also share his insight regarding global Quality and Compliance trends and its impact on food and beverage manufacturing companies’ long term IT investment plans.

Topics will include:

  • Formalizing a stage gate methodology
  • Enhancing your Track & Trace capabilities
  • Managing Product Requirements
  • Insuring Label Compliance
  • Optimizing Formulationse


Nasser Dastmalchi’s is a seasoned VP of IT with over 20 years of hands-on IT experience (multi-business, multi-site, multi products and services companies) specializing in Manufacturing/Logistics, ERP / Infrastructure implementations, Program, Project and Vendor Management. Proven expertise in directing high performing IT departments and technical support programs with the consistent history of reducing costs, improving efficiency, and increasing productivity.

Michael Edgett is the Industry & Solution Strategy Director at Infor where he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction in the Food, Beverage, Chemicals and Life Sciences markets. Prior to joining Infor, Michael served in senior business-to-business marketing positions at food manufacturing and software industry leaders including Quaker Oats, Bunge, Bordens, Arris and Movius.

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem, Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by: Infor

For This Complimentary Webinar Today!



Clean Up Your Samples! A New Sorbent to Remove Food Matrix Interferences

Fats and polar lipids, particularly phospholipids, are co-extractable substances in food matrices that contribute to matrix interferences for the analysis of veterinary drugs. A novel sorbent capable of removing both phospholipids and fats from extracts was employed prior to LC-MS/MS analysis. The sample cleanup using this sorbent was significantly improved when compared with results using silica-based C18 by removing more than 80% of interfering phospholipids.

Learn how to:

  • Use a single method for the simultaneous determination of multiple classes of veterinary drugs
  • Reduce LC-MS/MS method development times
  • Optimize analyte recovery and precision
  • Remove matrix interferences such as fatty/non-polar phospholipid

Presenter: Jeremy Shia, Ph.D. Food & Environment Marketing Manager, Consumables Business Unit, Waters.

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem, Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by: Waters

For This Complimentary Webinar Today!


Build International Confidence with ISO 17025 Accreditation

We often speak generally of the global technical community, but ISO 17025 accreditation makes each accredited laboratory feel connected to the practical everyday operation of that community. With ever-growing science and technology, manufactured and agricultural materials, telecommunications, internet, cybersecurity, weapons, explosives, drugs, medicines and our homeland security operations, we need to have confidence that materials are sampled well and tested appropriately, and that measurement tools are well calibrated. The oversight and coordination of all calibration and testing are standardized and managed through ISO, ILAC, and labs accredited to ISO 17025. Tune in to learn more.

  • Learn the basic requirements for becoming an ISO 17025-accredited laboratory
  • Grasp the importance and relevance of ISO 17025 accreditation for food safety/quality
  • Understand the benefits of accreditation and receive practical advice on avoiding pitfalls
  • Adopt ATCC proficiency testing programs to support ISO 17025 accreditation

Presenter:  Bill Hirt, Ph.D. is a veteran of several organizations and is a dynamic educator and manager. He has served in teaching, technical and management roles in a string of organizations including the University of Cincinnati, Purdue University, St. Mary's College, Champion Papers, US Industrial Chemicals, two genetic engineering firms, Seagram and Tropicana, and Eurofins Scientific in which he served the chemical and microbial testing needs of Cargill, P&G, and Iams Pet Foods. Dr. Hirt is a highly experienced lead assessor for ISO/IEC 17025, ISO Guide 34 (Reference Material Producers) and ISO 17043 (Proficiency Testing Providers). He is also an evaluator of accreditation bodies for APLAC and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). Additionally, he has been an IRCA-registered auditor of ISO 9001 and 14001 environmental systems. Dr. Hirt is the author of 13 technical publications and has been a speaker at several technical forums. He has served for over a decade as director of accreditation for ANAB (formerly called ACLASS).

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by: ATCC

  For This Complimentary Webinar Today!


Mycotoxins, Fluoroquinolines, Colors:
Boosting Sample Preparation

Food safety is an increasingly important topic for our global food supply. Quality data are critical to ensuring safe food. Although many advances in the sensitivity and applications of analytical techniques have occurred, often sample preparation has lagged behind. Solid-phase extraction (SPE) has shown utility in both clean-up and concentration of food extracts. How do you move into automation of cartridge SPE? Improved accuracy and precision with less hands-on time for a variety of food safety analyses will show the utility of this approach.

  • Understand the role that solid-phase extraction plays in sample preparation
  • See how automation can help improve results compared to manual operation
  • Understand real examples of food safety analyses, such as aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, and fluoroquinolone

Presenter:  Chris Shevlin, Global Market Development Manager, Horizon Technology. In his current role, Chris coordinates application development and works with customers and internally to represent the voice of customer and to ensure that Horizon’s systems are in-line with market needs. Chris has over 15 years of experience working with analytical separation techniques, working in laboratories and with instrumentation vendors. The entirely of his career has been focused on HPLC and HPLC/MS. He has worked with solid-phase extraction and the chemistries of various approaches for sample preparation in the food market.

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine?

Sponsored byHorizon Technology

  For This Complimentary Webinar Today!

Adding Confidence to Your Results:
The Advantages of a Comprehensive HRAM Library
and Compound Database in Food Analysis

The use of high-resolution accurate mass (HRAM) LC/MS instrumentation for the analysis of pesticides in food samples is growing in routine analytical laboratories.  It allows both screening and quantitation for large numbers of analytes in a single injection at concentrations at or below maximum residue limits (MRLs), and can offer better specificity and ease-of-use when compared to setting up complex methods on standard triple quadrupole instrument platforms.
In this webinar, we will discuss the use of a new HRAM library with a corresponding compound database for added confirmation of results in the analysis of over 500 pesticides by full scan data-dependent MS2 in QuEChERS extracts on the Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ Focus hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap™ mass spectrometer.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the acquisition modes of Q Exactive Focus MS
  • Learn how to perform combined quantitative and qualitative analysis in one measurement
  • Learn how to make residue analysis more efficient and effective

Presenter:  Ed George, Senior Applications Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific, supporting the Life Science Mass Spectrometry group for Environmental and Food Safety Analysis

Moderated by: Barbara Van Renterghem Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

  For This Complimentary Webinar Today!