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Amrein T.M.,Coop Central Laboratory | Amrein T.M.,ETH Zurich | Schwager H.,Givaudan | Meier R.,Coop Central Laboratory | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

In a large batch of ground hazelnuts, a metallic, solvent-like off-note was detected. In this investigation, the volatiles from the batch showing off-notes were compared to a batch without off-notes. On the basis of gas chromatography (GC) sniffing and instrumental analysis, a terpenoid compound, prenyl ethyl ether, was identified as a key contributor to the off-note. The compound was quantified, and its contribution to the metallic, solvent-like off-flavor was confirmed by spiking experiments and sensory evaluation. Analytical and sensory experiments found that the off-note was still present in hazelnut cakes. Fat oxidation did not contribute to the off-flavor. Analysis of market products demonstrated the correlation between the identified terpenoid and the off-flavor. It is assumed that fungi are involved in off-flavor formation. © 2010 American Chemical Society. Source

Amrein T.M.,Coop Central Laboratory | Frey P.,Coop Central Laboratory | Meier R.,Coop Central Laboratory | Baumann H.,Coop Central Laboratory | And 2 more authors.

Prenyl ethyl ether (PEE) was previously described as the cause for a solvent-like off-note in ground hazelnuts, but its origin remained unclear. Investigations were carried out by analytical groups of Coop and Givaudan over four years to elucidate this phenomenon. From mouldy citrus fruits a strain of Penicillium digitatum was isolated and found to form PEE. Formation on citrus and other fruits was prominent and contributed to the particular smell of decayed fruits. Several strains of P. digitatum formed PEE, while other fungal species did not. In contrast to citrus fruit, prenyl methyl ether (PME) was formed as dominant prenyl ether on hazelnuts while only small amounts of PEE were found. PME has not been previously described as volatile metabolite of fungi or as a food-taint. Spiking experiments with deuterated ethanol showed that the ethyl group is likely incorporated into PEE via the aldehyde form. On hazelnuts strongly decayed by P. digitatum yet another prenyl ether was tentatively identified: Prenyl isopropyl ether. Prenyl ethers present a novel group of volatile metabolites of P. digitatum. They are likely typical for this species and have not been described before. Prenyl ethers seem to play a significant role in the smell of food decayed by P. digitatum and should be considered in cases of off-notes and taints. © Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft. Source

Amrein T.M.,Coop Central Laboratory | Ringier L.,Coop Central Laboratory | Amstein N.,Coop Central Laboratory | Clerc L.,Coop Central Laboratory | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

The optimization and validation of a method for the determination of phosphine in plant materials are described. The method is based on headspace sampling over the sample heated in 5% sulfuric acid. Critical factors such as sample amount, equilibration conditions, method of quantitation, and matrix effects are discussed, and validation data are presented. Grinding of coarse samples does not lead to lower results and is a prerequisite for standard addition experiments, which present the most reliable approach for quantitation because of notable matrix effects. Two interlaboratory comparisons showed that results varied considerably and that an uncertainty of measurement of about 50% has to be assessed. Flame photometric and mass spectrometric detection gave similar results. The proposed method is well reproducible within one laboratory, and results from the authors' laboratories using different injection and detection techniques are very close to each other. The considerable variation in the interlaboratory comparison shows that this analysis is still challenging in practice and further proficiency testing is needed. © 2014 American Chemical Society. Source

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