Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a large and diverse class of chemical contaminants that can cause significant damage to both the natural environment and human health, when present in even small concentrations. POPs include a range of toxic chemical compounds such as dioxins, PCBs, PCDFs, endrin, PAHs and DDT, and are produced as waste materials or by-products during various industrial and commercial processes.
Due to their distinct chemical structure and the nature of their interaction with other compounds, POPs can remain present in the environment for large amounts of time, and can pass through food chains and between species.
Many countries around the world have taken significant steps to limit environmental pollution due to POPs, however there is still a level of usage in emerging economies. Due to the ease with which POPs spread, containment procedures for protecting food supplies and the environment is still a vital issue.
Agilent’s advanced detection solutions offer the sensitivity and analytical capabilities to identify and quantify POPs, characterizing complex samples at extremely low concentration levels.
GC/QQQ and LC/QQQ systems provide low level detection for small amounts of contaminants, while also enabling the measurement of volatile compounds in complex matrices, such as food products. The LC/QTOF system also enables the effective detection and identification of emerging compounds, ensuring your environmental protection from POPs is robust, efficient and comprehensive.