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X-ray spots drug chocolate

11 March 2009

A Dutch regional television program has used analytical X-ray equipment in a challenge to identify contaminated chocolate. An X’Pert Pro Multi-Purpose Diffractometer (MPD), from PANalytical, which has its UK base in Cambridge, was used by a group of students to successfully discover a chocolate laced with a sleep-inducing drug.

Peter Munk, marketing manager of PANalytical, said: ‘This was a fun experiment, but it’s actually a very good illustration of how the power of X-ray analysis can help with real-world problems.

‘Technological developments at PANalytical are taking X-ray analysis out of its roots in research, establishing the technique in process and quality control.’


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