Journal of Chromatography A vol:920 issue:1-2 pages:255-259
Current methods for quantitative determination of chlormequat residues in food crops are characterized by rather low recoveries and the need for derivatization tin case of gas chromatography, GC), or by high capital investment tin case of Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, LC-MS). We propose a cation-exchange chromatography method for the analysis of chlormequat in pears. The method is based on extraction of the target compound with 40 mM HCl, followed by centrifugation and filtration, The filtrate is directly injected into an ion chromatograph equipped with a commercially available cation-exchange column and a suppressed conductivity detection system. While the limit of detection (LOD) (0.5 mg/kg) may not be small enough to allow dietary analysis, the method meets all validation requirements and is an alternative for the existing GC and LC-MS methods in quality control. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science BN. All rights reserved.