Characterization of Odor & Taste Components Using Olfactory Detection and SPME GC-MS
Amy Porter, Senior Analytical Leader, Impact Analytical
Karen Griffin, Analytical Technologist II, Impact Analytical
Consumer products are often stored in large warehouses and transported in trucks with a variety of other products. As the temperature of these facilities rise, the compatibility of the products can become an issue. If a highly odorous product is stored too closely to, or shipped with, an odor absorbent product, odor and taste issues can result. In this work, solid phase microextraction (SPME) was used to sample the air around odorous consumer products. The samples were analyzed via gas chromatography (GC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS) and olfactory detection, run in parallel. This allowed for odors to be recorded when the concentration was too low for MS detection, but still significantly high enough for human detection.