Application Note: The Determination of Low Levels of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes and Styrene in Olive Oil Using a Turbomatrix HS and a Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS
6 October 2011

Levels of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and styrene (BTEXS) are a concern in olive oil. These compounds find their way into olive trees and hence into the olives and olive oil mainly as a result of emissions from vehicles, bonfires, and paints into ambient air near the orchards. This application note describes an easy to perform method using PerkinElmer® Clarus® SQ 8 GC/MS with a TurboMatrix™ 110 headspace sampler to achieve detection limits below 0.5 ng/g.