Organic Pollutants

Department of Organic Pollutants

Dried Herbs: Ensuring Safety through Analysis

Dried herbs have been used for centuries as a natural way to enhance the flavor and aroma of various dishes. Not only do they add a delightful taste to our meals, but they also offer a range of health benefits. However, it is essential to ensure that dried herbs are of the highest quality and free from any harmful substances.

One such concern is the presence of dioxins and furans, highly stable organic compounds that can be found in small amounts in food and the environment. These compounds are known to pose health risks to humans, including potential carcinogenic and toxic effects. Therefore, it is crucial to accurately measure and assess the levels of dioxins and furans in dried herbs to ensure their safety for consumption.

At our laboratory, we are committed to providing reliable and accurate analysis of dried herbs to ensure their compliance with international safety standards. We employ the latest technology and utilize state-of-the-art instruments such as the mass spectrometer high resolution (HRGC/HRMSD) and gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) instruments.

The mass spectrometer high resolution instrument allows us to achieve precise measurements of dioxins and furans in dried herbs. With its high sensitivity and resolution, we can detect even the smallest amounts of these compounds, ensuring the safety of the herbs we analyze. The HRGC/HRMSD technique combines gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, offering reliable identification and quantification of organic pollutants.

Additionally, we employ the GC-MS/MS technique, which utilizes gas chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry to provide further confirmation and accuracy in the analysis. This method allows for the detection and quantification of specific dioxin compounds, ensuring comprehensive analysis and adherence to international standards.

It is worth noting that our laboratory holds a distinguished position in Egypt and the Middle East, as we are the only facility capable of analyzing persistent organic pollutants containing dioxin compounds. Our expertise in this field, coupled with our international accreditation in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017, reinforces our commitment to delivering accurate and reliable results.

By utilizing advanced technology and following internationally recognized methodologies, we ensure that our analysis of dried herbs is conducted with the highest precision and adherence to safety standards. Our dedication to quality assurance and compliance allows us to provide assurance to consumers and industry stakeholders that the dried herbs they use are free from harmful levels of dioxins and furans.

In conclusion, the analysis of dried herbs for the presence of dioxins and furans is of utmost importance to safeguard consumer health and well-being. Our laboratory employs cutting-edge technology, including mass spectrometry high resolution and GC-MS/MS instruments, to accurately measure and assess these compounds. With our international accreditation and expertise in analyzing persistent organic pollutants, we are committed to ensuring the safety and quality of dried herbs in Egypt and the Middle East.

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