Methods for the Detection of Residues of Harmful or Risky Small Organic Molecules in Food

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Analytical Methods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
College of Food Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China
Interests: food safety and nutrition; bioanalytical detection and sensing; rapid detection; nanomaterials and sample pretreatment

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Henan Engineering Technology Research Center of Food Processing and Circulation Safety Control, College of Food Science and Technology, Henan Agricultural University, 63 Nongye Road, Zhengzhou 450002, China
Interests: immunoassay; biosensor; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing attention has recently been paid to analyzing trace small molecules in food safety, environmental pollution and drug residues. The accurate, rapid and highly sensitive analysis of small molecules in complex food systems is crucial for controlling food safety. However, small molecules such as pesticides and veterinary drug residues, mycotoxins, banned additives and environmental contaminants are often at trace or ultra-trace levels, with severe matrix interferences, limiting the accuracy of the process and the results of small molecule monitoring. This highlights the need for efficient detection techniques to achieve the trace analysis of small molecules in food. In this Special Issue, we invite submissions from all perspectives of food detection, as we believe it is the last barrier to preventing food safety.

Original research, review and perspective papers are welcome on subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • The development and application of new rapid detection techniques for harmful small molecules in food;
  • Application of new high-resolution mass spectrometry and other instrumental techniques for high-throughput and high-sensitivity detection in food samples;
  • Application of advanced nanomaterials in sample pretreatment of harmful small molecules in food;
  • Research on detecting harmful small-molecule residues in food based on new biosensor technologies;
  • Quality control of medicine food homology food;
  • Development and application of rapid detection technology for pathogenic bacteria in food.

Prof. Dr. Yudong Shen
Dr. Xiya Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • food safety
  • small molecule
  • rapid detection
  • instrumental analysis techniques
  • pretreatment
  • advanced material

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