Vol. 21, No. 5
New Books and Publications
New Books from AOAC
Techniques for Inorganic Contaminants
This manual is intended to provide chemists and analysts
in the fields of veterinary toxicology, agriculture, and environmental
chemical analysis with a compilation of new, selected, and proven techniques
for determining inorganic compounds with detailed insight and comprehensive
step-by-step instructions. These techniques were chosen on the basis
of recent technical and instrumental advancements for a particular inorganic
analyte in the selected matrices.
Three introductory chapters contain useful, practical,
and technical information that may be critical for both successful employment
in an analytical profession and in the operation of an analytical laboratory.
This information includes concepts of quality control and quality assurance,
as well as instrumental and preparation techniques.
Analytical techniques constitute the second part of the book, in which
certain elements and ions are discussed for at least one matrix. The
chapters are divided into a section on metals in animal tissues, plants
and feeds, environmental waters, and soils and sediments. The selected
techniques presented have proven reliability and were tested under the
rugged conditions of a commercial laboratory.
For more information, contact AOAC International, 481
North Frederick Avenue, Suite 500, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2504. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: +1 301
924 7077; Fax: +1 301 924 7089; Web site: http://www.aoac.org/.
Pesticides Laboratory Training Manual (Spanish
Edited by Clifton E. Meloan
This manual was originally prepared in 1996 under cooperative
agreements among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA). These agencies recognize the importance of
the pesticide analytical laboratory in promoting safe, effective use
and management of pesticides. The translation was prepared by Rebecca
The manual covers techniques and methods considered
to be basic tools needed by a pesticide laboratory to conduct general
residue analysis satisfactorily at the parts-per-billion range. For
situations in which the analysis is for official purposes, the book
covers proper documentation of the process from beginning to end. It
covers sample collection; sample preparation; extraction, cleanup, and
concentration; instrumentation; separation and detection; data handling
and reporting; and quality control, quality assurance, and safety.
Each chapter offers many examples, as well as numerous
review questions and answers. In addition, appropriate appendices are
found at the end of each chapter, allowing the user to remove a complete
chapter and study it separately.
FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM),
8th Edition, Current through Revision A, 1998
This revised edition of the authoritative BAM
is now available on CD-ROM in an easy-to-use format that allows the
user to search by words or phrases. This CD-ROM contains the most current
methodology used in FDA laboratories for detection of microorganisms
and certain of their metabolic products in foods, beverages, and cosmetics.
The current version of the 8th Edition contains
revised material including updates to selected BAM chapters on
Campylobacter, Staphylococcal enterotoxins, yeasts and molds,
and parasitic animals in foods; updated appendices feature commercially
available test kits and Most Probable Number enumeration of bacteria.
New material also incorporates editorial corrections to the 8th
Edition published in 1995 and an up-to-date list of contact personnel
for each chapter, including e-mail addresses.
The CD-ROM uses the latest Adobe AcrobatTM
software, which allows users to view and print fully formatted textcomplete
with formulas, tables, and images. Acrobat also contains
hypertext links that allow users to click on highlighted references
to jump easily to other chapters and related material.
In addition to the BAM, the CD-ROM features
the FDA Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook,
also known as the "Bad Bug Book", which provides basic facts
regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and
parasites) and natural toxins. The intent of each chapter is to provide
essential information about these organisms and toxins, including their
characteristics, habitat or source, associated foods, infective dose,
characteristic disease symptoms, complications, recent and/or major
outbreaks, and any susceptible populations.