Ergot alkaloids, Datura alkaloids, pyrrolizidines, glycoalkaloids and capsaicinoids are analyzed by multialkaloid methods in UFLC.

Alkaloids are toxic secondary metabolites. These organic compounds, naturally present in some plant species, can be used to protect themselves from environmental factors.

Phytocontrol has developed an innovative multialkaloid analysis method using UFLC:

  • Ergot alkaloids are analysed according to EU Recommendation 2012/154 at a limit of quantification of 5µg/kg per toxin.
  • Datura alkaloids (Atropine and Scopolamine) are analysed and quantified from 1µg/kg.
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are analysed on aromatic plants and cereal products.
  • Chaconine and solanine are glycoalkaloids recommended for analysis on solanaceous plants, particularly potatoes.
  • Piperineis an alkaloid sought mainly in pepper.
  • Capsaicinoids, including capsaicin, are active components of peppers.

Tropanic alkaloids and Ergot alkaloids are subject to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and its successive amendments setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs.

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