Steps Towards Implementing Rapid and Accurate Analysis of Toxic Elements in Infant Formula



Thursday, November 10th 202211 AM EST | 10 AM CST | 8 AM PST Learn how testing labs are achieving better sample prep and increasing their sample throughput by implementing automated microwave digestion in their workflow.

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Event Overview:

The FDA’s “Closer to Zero” approach to limiting exposure of children and infants to harmful heavy metals and the recently proposed Baby Food Act of 2021 converge on the need for lower LOQs for infant formula and baby food. Both approaches present challenges for the analytical lab. Learn how industry experts are taking a risk-based approach to contaminant testing and implementing automation to decrease turn-around time and increase sample throughput, all while maintaining reliable results.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Risk based hazards analysis of Pb, Cd, As, and Hg
  • Complete digestion of infant formula samples in shorter timeframes
  • Implementation of automation to decrease turnaround time and increase throughput

Who Should Attend:

  • Lab managers, chemists, and technicians involved in trace metals testing
  • Metals labs managers and technicians looking to optimize workflow of heavy metals analysis
  • Lab directors and commercial lab managers looking to increase sample throughput


Grace Bandong
Business Unit Manager for Contaminants
Eurofins Food Chemistry Testing

Grace Bandong is the Business Unit Manager for Contaminants for Eurofins Food Chemistry Testing (EFCT). Grace has spent over 25 years in the food and supplement industry specializing in contaminants analysis including elemental analysis, pesticide residue analysis, and risk assessments. Over the years, Grace has developed contaminant-testing programs that support supplier verification for food manufacturers and recently, the hemp industry. Grace has developed a process for a hazards-based chemical risk assessment of ingredients that has been used by companies to respond to global regulatory requirements. She is an expert chemical risk assessment in food.

Grace is an active member of AOAC and is currently on the Executive Board of the AOAC Midwest section. She is currently on the Technical Committee of the US Hemp Authority. Grace received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Houston.

Michael “Howie” Howe
Product Specialist
CEM Corporation

Michael “Howie” Howe is the Analytical Product Specialist for CEM Corporation. Howie graduated from North Carolina State University where he studied chemistry. After graduation he worked in the Environmental and pharmaceutical industries for seven years as a chemist before joining CEM. In his nearly 20 years at CEM, Howie has been instrumental in helping customers solve their microwave digestion challenges and developing new features and systems to meet the ever-changing needs of microwave digestion customers.

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