AS241: Monitoring Acrylamide in Real-Time During Food Production Using SIFT-MS

Martin Perkins

22nd October 2020


Real-Time VOC Analysis: Food production processes, particularly those that involve heating are responsible for the formation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), some of which may be important for the flavour of the finished product, whilst others can be considered contaminants and may be of toxicological concern.

Acrylamide, a known potential carcinogen, is produced by the Maillard (browning) reaction during the baking, roasting and frying of foods.

Food manufacturers are required to have a general understanding of how acrylamide is formed in the food they produce.

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is a real-time volatile organic compounds (VOC) analyser, enabling real-time VOC analysis and monitoring of acrylamide throughout the production process.

This study demonstrates the use of SIFT-MS to for real-time VOC analysis of volatile compounds such as acrylamide, that are formed during certain food production processes.

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