Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No.5, September 1999

1999, Vol. 21
No. 5 (September)
.. President's Report
.. News from IUPAC
.. Highlights from the Web
.. New Projects
.. Provisional Recommendations
.. New Books and Publications
.. Awards and Prizes
.. Conference Announcements
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September 1999

New Books and Publications


New Books from AOAC International

Analytical Techniques for Inorganic Contaminants

Kim Anderson

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:; Tel.: +1 301 924 7077; Fax: +1 301 924 7089; Web site:


Pesticides Laboratory Training Manual (Spanish Language Translation)

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 Weinstein.

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 text—complete 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.



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