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Official Methods of Analysis.

OFFICIAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS.

This text, published by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists of the USA, is one of the basic books that is widely known in analytical circles. As usual, it is a large publication and discuses the practical details of more than 1800 methods that have been approved and thoroughly tested - these methods cover both chemical and microbiological analyses. The publishers tell us that some 143 new methods are to be found in this text along with no fewer than 81 revised or updated methods.

The idea of publishing this text in two volumes is quite simply to make it more manageable; and to ensure that annual supplements are stored carefully a matching looseleaf binder comes with each two volume set. Already the AOAC has been providing fully validated standard methods for more than a century. Their inter-laboratory testing procedures, covering more than a thousand laboratories, ensure that all methods are tested under many different situations.

Volume 1 deals with Agricultural chemicals, contaminants and drugs, and the subject discussed are: agricultural liming materials, fertilizers, plants, feeds, drugs in feeds, disinfectants, pesticide formulations, hazardous substances, metals and other elements, pesticides and industrial chemicals, water - salt, microchemicals, radioactivity, veterinary analytical toxicology, cosmetics, extraneous materials, microbiological methods, drugs, drug and feed additives in animal tissues, and forensic methods.

Volume 2, with the general title Food composition, covers baking chemicals, distilled liquors, malt beverages, wines, non alcoholic beverages, coffee and tea, cacao bean, cereal foods, dairy products, eggs and egg products, fish and other marine products, fruits and fruit products, gelatin - dessert preparations, meat and meat products, natural poisons, nuts and nut products, vegetable products - processed, oils and fats, flavours, colour additives, food additives - direct, food additives - indirect, spices and other condiments, sugars and sugar products, and vitamins.

From the foregoing it is obvious a lot of ground is covered, which is why it is such a well known text.
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