Photostimulated luminescence detection of irradiation shellfish: international interlaboratory trial

Sanderson, D.C.W. , Carmichael, L. and Fisk, S. (2003) Photostimulated luminescence detection of irradiation shellfish: international interlaboratory trial. Journal of AOAC International, 86(5), pp. 983-989.

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An interlaboratory trial was conducted to validate photostimulated luminescence (PSL) detection of irradiated shellfish. Five species of shellfish (Nephrops norvegicus, mussels, black tiger prawns, brown shrimps, and king scallops) were presented blind as nonirradiated and irradiated to 0.5 and 2.5 kGy. Precharacterization analysis of each product and treatment was performed on both whole (including shell) and intestinal samples. The results for whole samples (including shell) confirmed that the method was able to distinguish between nonirradiated and irradiated samples, regardless of dose. Intestinal data have identified that the method is dependent on the quantity and sensitivity of grits present within the intestinal tract, which can be assessed using calibration by normalization to 1 kGy. Five laboratories returned both initial screening and calibrated data and sample classification. All laboratories correctly identified all irradiated products using the screening criteria. There were no false positives. The results confirm the validity of the PSL method for shellfish, which has been adopted as a European standard method and by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Calibration is required where only intestinal material is available. For whole samples with shell, screening alone is sufficient.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carmichael, Dr Lorna and Sanderson, Professor David and Fisk, Dr Saffron
Authors: Sanderson, D.C.W., Carmichael, L., and Fisk, S.
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of AOAC International
Journal Abbr.:J AOAC Int

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