A rapid method has been developed to analyse for firocoxib (FIRO) residue in bovine milk. Milk samples were extracted with acetonitrile and sample extracts were purified on Evolute™ ABN solid phase extraction cartridges. Aliquots were analysed by rapid resolution liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (RRLC-MS/MS). The method was validated in bovine milk, according to the criteria defined in Commission Decision 2002/657/EC. The decision limit (CCα) was 1.18 ng/mL and for the detection capability a (CCβ) value of 2.02 ng/mL was obtained. The measurement uncertainty of the method was 27%. Fortifying bovine milk samples (n = 18) in three separate assays, show the accuracy of the method to be between 96 and 105%. The precision of the method, expressed as RSD values for the within-lab reproducibility at the three levels of fortification (5, 7.5 and 10 ng/mL) was less than 11% respectively. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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