Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced that its global Food Safety Response Center located in Dreieich, Germany, has developed two new analytical screening methods to detect petroleum contamination in oysters and fish, specifically hydrocarbons and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists working in the Center used oil samples collected from the Gulf region to develop step-by-step testing procedures that can be quickly implemented by food and environmental laboratories, with the goal of protecting consumers from potentially contaminated seafood found in Gulf waters.
"We created our global Food Safety Response Center to help our laboratory customers around the world quickly mobilize during a food contamination crisis, using our depth of capabilities to develop methods that enable them to respond to potential threats," said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "The incident in the Gulf is a clear example of the type of threat the Center can address through our leading analytical technologies and applications expertise. Our new methods for detecting petroleum in oysters and fish were designed to significantly reduce analysis time and enable our customers to meet the demand for rapid and reliable testing of seafood from the Gulf for the foreseeable future."
The new methods are detailed in standard operating procedure (SOP) documents available to any government agency, company or laboratory. The methods have been provided to AOAC International and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). To download the methods, please visit Thermo Fisher Scientific's Gulf Coast Oil Spill Resource Center.
Thermo Fisher will present a Webcast on the detection of petroleum contamination in seafood and the use of the new methods on Thursday, July 27, 2010, at 11 am. (EDT). Dr. Edward Overton, Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University's School of Coast and Environment will join the discussion.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of more than $10 billion, we have approximately 35,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, which offer a unique combination of continuous technology development and the most convenient purchasing options. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve analytical challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.