12.5. Techniques for the detection of biogenic amines

Detection of BAs in foods encompasses several key issues: (1) to link the BA content of a foodstuff to a foodborne event, (2) to establish the toxic threshold of a specific BA, (3) to ensure a high standard of safety and freshness of the products according to governmental regulations and (4) monitoring quality during the food production process. Therefore, although an accurate quantification of BAs in food is generally required, in some cases a fast detection of BAs is preferable.
Over the years, many analytical methods for BA detection have been developed, including qualitative or semiquantitative methods (i.e. enzymatic and thin layer chromatography (TLC)), and quantitative chromatographic ...

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