SANTA CLARA, Calif.-
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced SampliQ QuEChERS kits that
simplify sample preparation for analyzing pesticide residues in fruits,
vegetables and processed food products.
developed by USDA scientists in 2003, stands for "Quick, Easy,
Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe" Agilentís SampliQ QuEChERS Kits
make these methods even faster and easier with premeasured reagents
designed for specific food sample types and screening protocols. These
include extraction kits and dispersive solid phase extraction (SPE)
clean-up kits. Agilent provides kits for the original non-buffered
QuEChERS method, European standard (EN 15662) method and a standard
recognized by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC 2007.01).
alternatives, Agilent SampliQ QuEChERS extraction kits, used in the
protocolís first step, contain pre-weighed salts in anhydrous packets.
Users can now add the salts after adding organic solvent to the sample,
avoiding exothermic reactions that might compromise analyte recovery.
There is one extraction kit each for AOAC and EN methods, two for
non-buffered extraction and one for acrylamide analysis.
offers 16 dispersive SPE kits for specific sample types and for the
various QuEChERS methods. For both the AOAC and EN methods, Agilent
offers kits for: general fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables
with fats and waxes, and pigmented fruits and vegetables. There are also
two kits for highly pigmented fruits and vegetables using the EN method,
and two kits for the AOAC method for fruits and vegetables with pigments
For labs preferring to
pack their own tubes, Agilent also offers bulk salts and sorbents.
Agilent QuEChERS kits
are part of the Agilent SampliQ family of SPE products, manufactured to
strict ISO-9001 standards. This includes a wide selection of polymer,
silica and other sorbents in formats ranging from multiple cartridge
sizes to 96-well plates. Agilent also offers a complete range of vacuum
manifolds and accessories.