Unknown Bioactive Contaminants

Unknown bioactive contaminants might emerge in the food chain due to climate changes, illegal production methods such as the application of designer steroids and b-agonists in cattle fattening or even because of an act of terrorism. Irrespective of the origin, they will remain undetected and escape from control as long as contaminant monitoring is restricted to a defined list of target substances. At least three different approaches can be distinguished for the detection and mass spectrometric identification of unknown contaminants, a bioactivity-directed, a metabolomics-like and an in silico prediction approach.

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