Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) 2017

Recently I had the pleasure of returning to Prague for the 8th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) conference. The Clarion Conference hotel again provided a great venue to host the event and accommodate many of the delegates on site making logistics very convenient for all.

The conference brings together a wide range of scientists from across Europe working in the field of food analysis covering both regulatory and research applications. The conference has grown in reputation and size over the years and, with over 550 delegates and 3 parallel sessions this year, there was a wealth of information being presented. From my perspective, it was great to see the Progenesis QI software being successfully applied and cited in many talks and posters to help in the comparison and distinction of some very complex sample matrices.

Waters booth at RAFA 2017 Lots of interest and activity at the Waters booth following Sara Stead’s lunchtime seminar.

I spent most of my time at the Waters booth discussing the Progenesis QI software with delegates and researchers who were interested in seeing how the Progenesis QI software could be implemented into their workflow. I did manage to visit one nice restaurant and see some of the old town, on one of the evenings.

Panorama of Prague Panorama of Prague.

Here’s what Dr. Sara Stead, Strategic Collaborations Manager at Waters had to say:

“The key themes at RAFA this week have been addressing the major challenges facing the food industry such as fraud, authenticity, quality and safety to secure the food supply chain and protect all consumers in an era of globally traded commodities.

The use of HRMS coupled with intelligent informatics systems is emerging as a key player in this space capable of holistic profiling, keeping pace with the industry demands.

Techniques such as QTof MS, ion mobility enabled MS and direct analysis in combination with comprehensive chemometric software packages such as Progenesis QI and LiveID are being established as the ‘go to’ solutions for pioneering researchers tackling these complex challenges.”

A recent application note details how the Progenesis QI software and the Waters Ion Mobility workflow was used in the food allergen research area. Food allergens are a hot topic for many scientists. The application note Identification and Quantitative Analysis of Egg Allergen Peptides Using Data Independent Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry can be found here. It is most certainly an interesting read for those looking at LC-MS/MS quantitative analysis.

The Progenesis QI software is a versatile piece of software that can be used, not just in this food fraud area, but also in the fields of metabolomics, environmental research and chemical analysis to name but a few.

If you’re interested in looking further at the Progenesis QI software to see how it can help you in your research then you can download the software here or get in touch with us. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

If you get the chance to attend this conference in the future I would definitely recommend it to anyone working in this field.