BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: an effective tool to manage CHEMICAL ANALYSIS in FOOD CONTROL official LABS ISO17025 accredited
A preliminary study aiming at the automation (dematerialization) and standardization of all the quality controls required by accreditation ISO/IEC 17025:2017 chemical analysis methods (pesticides, anabolic substances residues, veterinary drugs residues, toxins, PFAS in food of animal origin and biological fluids) is presented.
Quality controls (as requested by ISO 17025 and specific legislation) need time-consuming manual verifications in routine analysis expecially for multiclass-multiresidues methods (more than 100 analytes).
Thanks to the use of a Business Intelligence software, a versatile standard online panel was created to directly process any instrumental output data and automatically perform all the quality controls required by each analytical procedure. Graphical monitoring tools, such as control charts, have been implemented too.
Name: Francesca Lega
Title: Head of Quality Assurance
Francesca Lega graduated in Chemistry at the University of Padua (Italy). She specialized in “Food Chemistry and Technologies” at the University of Bologna (Italy). From 1997 to 2005 she worked as a chemist for a private company in the field of water and beverage analysis. She has been a Chemistry manager at the Anabolic Laboratory at IZSVe since 2005 and from 2010 onwards she has been the Head of Quality Assurance of the Chemistry Department.
Her research interests include drug and anabolic substance residues in animal matrices or food of animal origin focusing on the development of new analytical methods and possible discrimination criteria to identify illegal treatments. Her main fields of activity concern the development, validation and accreditation of analytical methods to detect anabolic residues in animal matrices by the HPLC-MSMS technique.
She also collaborates in the maintenance and development of the IZSVe Quality System.
Name: Federica Gallocchio
Title: Senior Scientist
Her research field focuses on the development of analytical methods for the detection of inorganic (heavy metals) and organic contaminants (pesticides, PCB, PFAS, biotoxin) in food and feed by means of AAS, ICP-MS, liquid or gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.
Since 2013, she has been involved in several projects dealing with the detection and characterization of inorganic nanoparticles in complex matrices by means of AAS, ICP-MS, single particle ICP-MS and hyphenate technique like Asymmetric Field Flow Fractionaction-UV Vis/DLS/ICP-MS.
The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) is a public veterinary Institute which conducts prevention, control and research activities in three main areas: animal health and welfare, food safety, environmental protection. The Institute employs almost 600 people, including veterinarians, biologists, chemists, technicians and administration staff.
The mission of the IZSVe is the preservation of public health, in terms of food safety and prevention of zoonoses, and animal welfare, in terms of animal health and living conditions.
The IZSVe promotes public health, it guarantees that controls on the food-production chain are performed, and fosters an improved coexistence between human beings and animals. This is achieved by focusing on four main areas:
- Control of foodborne pathogens
- Prevention and control of animal diseases
- Technical and scientific research
- Training and communication.