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PerkinElmer Responds to Food Contamination Crisis with Innovative Melamine Analyzer

Oct 11, 2007

WALTHAM, Mass.-Oct. 11, 2007-PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader in Health Sciences and Photonics markets, today announced a complete analytical solution for the determination of melamine adulteration in protein-based foods. With the release of the Melamine Analyzer, based on the innovative Clarus(R) 600 T Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), PerkinElmer is the first in the industry to provide such solution using GC/MS technology.

"PerkinElmer is putting significant effort behind developing solutions focused on the analysis, determination and monitoring of product safety and agricultural, food production and processing environments to test various aspects of safety and quality," said Dr. Richard Begley, President, PerkinElmer Analytical Sciences. PerkinElmer's Melamine Analyzer is the first in an anticipated new series of complete application solutions designed to help laboratories analyze food safety and quality.

"This analyzer is designed to provide laboratories a complete application solution including the technology, applications support, software and expertise that will enable them to quickly and easily begin analyzing for melamine, thereby reducing the future risk of melamine-contaminated product entering the market," Begley added.

Begley noted that as part of PerkinElmer's increased focus on food safety and quality, PerkinElmer provided testimony during the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2007. With deep expertise in global analytical testing needs and requirements in food analysis, PerkinElmer's testimony included recommendations and opinions about the analytical measurement instrumentation, methods, support and education necessary to help ensure safety in food imports.

The Melamine Analyzer includes all instrumentation, consumables and applications resources needed to screen for melamine contamination, conforming with the most recent guideline from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The method for the Melamine Analyzer was developed in collaboration with Flora Research Laboratories, a Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency-registered independent testing laboratory specializing in natural products.

Melamine is a nitrogen-rich industrial chemical that became well-known in North America recently after its presence in wheat gluten was linked with renal failure in dogs and cats.(1) The FDA quickly issued a standard test method for the analysis of melamine in protein materials using GC/MS.

PerkinElmer instrumentation is used in food safety and quality assurance, encompassing research and testing areas - such as authenticity, potency, manufacturing and contamination - that are directly relevant to the health of all living things. PerkinElmer's Melamine Analyzer can help test the safety of the food supply from the source of ingredients to the final product with a high level of sensitivity and reliability.

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