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informatics in food and drink

creates an electronic worksheet (implemented in the electronic laboratory notebook) that leads users through the prescribed workflow, ensuring they complete every step and verifying that all input meets established criteria. Rather than replacing a LIMS, it is designed

to plug the informatics gap by automating the laboratory’s processes. Data is captured from the LIMS, catalogued and manipulated through the sample prep. Te soſtware then works with the instruments to schedule tests; once tasks are completed they are submitted for approval. Te results are then automatically shared with business systems such as the LIMS and ERP. Waters’ Paul Young explained that

NuGenesis 8 contains a fair number of technical controls to ensure that testing results are authentic and trustworthy. Log-ins and passwords are required, while audit trails ensure that, once data is collected, users can follow the sample through the entire process. Relational databases then filter results, ensuring that users are only looking at critical data. Te Dotmatics platform has the ability

to import many diverse types of files, store them and make them available for searches

and analysis. Tis feature facilitates the integration of experimental results and ad- hoc analysis within a central repository of data. According to Mariana Vaschetto, users can add experimental data from multiple sources aſter just one hour of training. Te Dotmatics Platform also allows users and administrators to easily upload and manage historical data stored in spreadsheets, documents and images, and connect all the disjointed accumulated data into a single database. Vaschetto added that

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instrument data can be collected instantly by the ELN without the need to print it out, and then cut and paste the data output. Experimental templates can be built and shared between researchers to standardise experimental protocols and streamline reporting. Additionally, sample requests can be sent to the lab and results will be automatically populated back into the system for searching and analysis.


One key point of note,

added Accelrys’ Ted Pawela, is that new technologies and soſtware solutions do not, and should not, comprise the whole picture. Instead, food and drink companies need to become more transparent about how they deploy all aspects of scientific rigour. ‘It’s important that we show

we understand where we are strong, where we are weak, and that we are applying resources and investment to the areas that are in need of improvement,’ he said. ‘Demonstrating the ability

to measure and report on those elements is critical and can only be achieved

when combining technology with process – otherwise there is just simply too much data. ‘Ultimately, companies need to provide

tangible evidence that goes beyond marketing rhetoric to reassure consumers that they are taking action to ensure that incidents of adulteration cannot and will not happen again.’

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