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HPLC worth TOP$3million arrives in Tonga

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18th May, 2015 The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Fisheries has received a High Performance Chromatography worth TOP$3million from the GL Science Company of Japan.

Deputy Director and Head of the Food Division Mr. Metuisela Falesiva said, “HPLC was brought to assist Tonga with the food it exports, mainly to test chemicals in the food we export.”

Mr. Falesiva stated that the new HPLC marks a new era for Tonga and it will also help to combat NCDs.

“Most countries have established official tolerance levels for chemical additives, residues and contaminants in food products. HPLC will support Tonga in categorizing the advantages and disadvantages of the food we export to minimize NCDs,” he explained.

Two managers from the GL Science Inc. and one manager from the Anatek Services Pvt, Ltd – Chromatography Division are here in Nuku’alofa to test the new technology.

HPLC technology is used to separate, identify and quantify components dissolved in a liquid solvent with a high analytical in a liquid solvent with a high analytical resolution.

It pumps a sample mixture at high pressure through a column with chromatographic packing material. The sample is carried by a moving carrier gas stream of helium or nitrogen. HPLC has the ability to separate, and identify compounds that are present in an any sample that can dissolved in a liquid in trace concentrations as low as parts per trillion.


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