Analysis of glyphosate residues in cereals using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Kit Granby, S. Johannesen, Martin Vahl Gabrielsen

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A fast and specific method for the determination of glyphosate in cereals is described. The method is based on extraction with water by ultrasonication. The samples are cleaned up and separated by high-performance liquid chromatography on a polystyrene-based reverse-phase column (clean-up) in series with an ion chromatography column (separation) using NaHCO3 as eluent. A micro-membrane suppressor was inserted after the separator column to remove the Na + ions before detection by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in the negative-ion mode. In MS/MS, mode the following transitions were monitored m/z 168--> 150 (glyphosate) and 170-->152 (internal standard 2- 13 (CN)-N-15-glyphosate) for quantification. The mean recovery was 85% ( n =32) at spiking levels from 0.03 to 0.33 mg kg(-1) . From 1998 to 2001, from the analysis of about 50 samples per annum, a reduction in the glyphosate residues was observed owing to a Danish trade decision not to use grain with glyphosate residues for milling or bread production.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Additives and Contaminants
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)692-698
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event4th European Pesticide Residues Workshop - Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 May 200231 May 2002
Conference number: 4


Workshop4th European Pesticide Residues Workshop
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