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High Levels of Benzene Found in Chinese Tap Water

Posted by Jason Davis on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 03:50 PM


Benzene and Teledyne Tekmar

Benzene detection has been a frequent topic here at Teledyne Tekmar. In October 2013, we published an Application Note: “Achieving Low-Level Detection of Benzene in Beverages with an Automated Headspace Vial Sampler” and an accompanying webinar “Benzene in Beverages - How Low Can We Go” (to view the webinar, please click the button at the bottom of this blog).

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Tags: Purge and Trap Concentrator, drinking water, Stratum, HT3, Benzene, Beverage Analysis, US EPA Method 524.3, P&T

The Basics: Benzene in Beverages and its Human Health Effects

Posted by Jason Davis on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

Our recent Application Note:  "Achieving Low-Level Detection of Benzene in Beverages with an Automated Headspace Vial Sampler" and accompanying webinar “Benzene in Beverages - How Low Can We Go” brought many thoughts to mind (to view Benzene Analysis resources and the webinar, please click the button at the bottom of this blog). Foremost was that I knew next to nothing about Benzene, how it could  end up in my soft drink, and what potential health effects it might have.  I remembered vaguely hearing about it in my childhood.  My general conception was that there was nothing good about it.  Being myself a wary food consumer (you’ll find me reading the back panels of food boxes in the grocery store), this was a subject for my inner food skeptic.  What I discovered was not nearly as straight forward as I had presumed.

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Tags: Purge and Trap Concentrator, Atomx, VOC, Headspace, HT3, Versa, Benzene, Beverage Analysis

Headspace Analysis for Benzene in Beverages

Posted by Teledyne Tekmar on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

The battle of the headspace Titans continues in the Teledyne Tekmar applications lab.  This time, the sample arena has moved to environmental compounds in beverages.  Beverages formulated with sodium or potassium benzoate and ascorbic acid may form benzene at part per billion levels (ppb).  The lowest current regulation found in the international water regulations for benzene is 1 ppb.

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Tags: Headspace, HT3, Versa, Benzene, Beverage Analysis

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