Main areas of work:
- Studies of food products and raw materials on indicators of quality, safety and identification in order to confirm compliance of food products with the requirements of legislative and regulatory-technical documentation;
- Physical and chemical analysis of feeds, compound feeds, formula-feed raw materials;
- Hydrochemical analysis
- Determination of safety indicators of soil, mineral and organic fertilizers.
- Diagnosis of animal poisoning
The following facilities are tested in the Chemical and toxicological Department:
- food products;
- food raw materials;
- alcoholic beverages;
- environmental facilities;
Assessment of safety indicators includes:
- toxic elements;
- pesticides of various chemical nature;
- hormonal substances;
- residual content of antibacterial, medicinal veterinary preparations;
- nitrates, nitrites;
- other safety indicators in accordance with regulatory documents.
Evaluation of quality indicators includes:
- determination of moisture, fat, protein, salt, sucrose, ash, acidity, peroxide number, heat resistance, viscosity, density, etc. in products;
- determination of sugar content in sugar beets;
- determination of fatty acid composition, sterols in milk and dairy products.
To perform the research, the Department has modern high-tech equipment:
- The liquid mass spectrometer with a triple quadruple API 5000 (AB Sciex);
- The liquid mass spectrometer with a triple quadruple QTRAP 6500 (AB Sciex);
- The liquid mass spectrometer with a triple quadruple EVOQ Elite (Bruker);
- The highly efficient combined quadruple-time-of-flight mass spectrometer maXis Impact (Bruker);
- The mass spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma Aurora M90 (Bruker);
- The atomic absorption spectrometers series iCE 3000- Models: iCE 3300, iCE 3400, iCE 3500 (Thermo Fischer Scientific);
- The gas chromatograph SCION 456-GC (Bruker);
- The gas chromatograph "Crystal 2000М" (Chromatec);
- The liquid chromatograph with fluorimetric and diode-matrix detectors Agilent 1200 (Agilent);
- The laboratory microwave systems and others.
In 2012, the Department received international accreditation in the DANAK system, which is confirmed and expanded annually; that fact indicates a high level of the laboratory, competence of specialists and reliability of the applied analytical methods.