Collaborative study to validate reference method for boar taint compounds

Analysing samples with LC-MS _PIC0448The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) invites laboratories to participate in a collaborative study to validate two analysis methods for the determination of boar taint marker substances in pork tissue. These methods shall be standardised, and will serve as reference for the development of rapid methods. Details of the methods (Standard Operating Procedures) will be supplied by IRMM. Participation in the study is open to all laboratories and will be remunerated with a lump sum.

The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is organizing a collaborative study to validate two analysis methods for the determination of boar taint marker substances in pork tissue. These methods shall be standardised, and will serve as reference for the development of rapid methods.

Invitation

Laboratories interested in participating in the collaborative trial find further information on how to participate at http://irmm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/activities/boar_taint/Pages/index.aspx

Participation in the collaborative trial is open to all laboratories and remunerated with € 1500!

Timing

The collaborative study will be conducted in autumn 2013. The participants will be invited to a workshop to discuss the design of the study and details of the proposed methods. Travel costs and accommodation fees will be carried by the organisers of the collaborative trial.

Methods

The methods are characterised by the ease of sample handling, appropriate sample through-put, and time necessary to generate results. Other characteristics are a potential high level of automation and broad applicability in food control laboratories with regard to required instrumentation. One of the two methods is based on gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (GC-MS), whereas the other comprises high performance liquid chromatography hyphenated to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). However, it shall be stressed that it is not the intention to employ the proposed methods at the slaughter line.

For methods details please refer to: http://irmm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/activities/boar_taint/suggested_methods/Pages/index.aspx.