MOCON subsidiary identifies odours


Microanalytics™, a subsidiary of MOCON, Inc., has developed improved approaches to identifying the source of industrial odours, and can help guide strategies for neutralising them.

Several product recalls have been announced recently due to consumer complaints about moldy or musty odours that have been associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diahorrea.

Fred Kuhrt, Operations Manager at Microanalytics explained, “Imported wood pallets have come under fire for allegedly imparting odors to the products being stacked and distributed on them.”

“Fingers are being pointed toward a chemical called tribromophenol (TBP) which continues to be used as a wood preservative in certain countries to control fungi, pests, etc. A by-product of microbial metabolism, 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA), is responsible for the odor.”

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