Sulfite determination in food and beverages applying amperometric detection

Sulfite is found in many drinks, dried fruit, snacks etc. It acts as a preservative and may be added artificially or can be a side product of fermentation. As sulfite can induce a health risk, it is banned in raw foods and must be labeled on processed foods. Analysis of sulfite by IC with DC amperometric detection is nearly impossible due to the food matrix which fouls and deactivates the electrode surface very fast. The new automatic CV activation procedure (CV treatment, patent pending) cleans the electrode surface and recovers its sensitivity. This report shows DC amperometric detection of sulfite in several foodstuffs applying this activation step prior to the sulfite detection.