Monitoring the benzene contents in soft drinks using headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry: a survey of the situation on the belgian market.

@article{Poucke2008MonitoringTB,
  title={Monitoring the benzene contents in soft drinks using headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry: a survey of the situation on the belgian market.},
  author={Christof Van Poucke and Christ'l Detavernier and Jan F P Van Bocxlaer and Rudi Vermeylen and Carlos van Peteghem},
  journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry},
  year={2008},
  volume={56 12},
  pages={4504-10}
}
Whenever benzoic acid is combined with ascorbic acid in acidic beverages such as soft drinks, benzene can be formed. To determine the current situation on the Belgian market, a headspace gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric method was developed, which needs little to no sample preparation. This method was then used to analyze 134 soft drinks sampled on the Belgian market by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain. Thirty-three percent of the samples contained no detectable benzene… CONTINUE READING