In 2017 alone there have been 12 separate news reports of Americans in cities around the United States complaining about the smell and taste of their drinking water due to the compounds MIB and Geosmin.
Automated SIFT-MS is the result of the recent collaboration between GERSTEL and Syft Technologies to provide turnkey automated platforms for SIFT-MS solutions in routine and R&D laboratories.
The flavor of a food or beverage engages far more sensory input than taste alone. From a biological perspective, flavor may be defined as the sum of taste, aroma (smell sensation), texture (touch sensation), and other physical features (e.g., temperature) that create mouth feel. The contributions of taste and aroma to flavor are made through chemoreception: the physiological response of sensory nerves to the volatile organic chemicals (VOC) released by foods and beverages. Although these VOCs are present at very low concentrations, they activate a highly specialized set of sensory connections in the brain, activating psychological responses that range from instinctual perception of food safety, to recognition of a previously eaten food, to even higher-order associations of a food with a memory or emotion.
The coveted “new car smell” is now known to result from chemicals emitted from plastic and leather parts that make up the interior of automobiles. These parts emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs; e.g., benzene, formaldehyde), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs; e.g., phthalates, trichlorophenyl phosphate [TCPP]), and other chemicals. For example, TCPP is a flame retardant often found in polyurethane foams. Although TCPP provides safety by reducing the risk of these foams igniting in a fire or accident, its semi-volatile nature causes it to release into the car’s interior, where passengers can be exposed to its vapor.
As of February 2017, 29 states in the US (plus the District of Columbia; DC) have legislation, either in place or in progress, permitting the use of medical marijuana. Another 16 states have decriminalized possession, and 8 states (plus DC) have legalized marijuana for recreational use. With such changes in legislation, it is no surprise that North America’s cannabis sales increased by 30% between 2015 and 2016. Furthermore, they are projected to post an impressive 25% compound annual growth over the next 5 years, or by 2021. Tom Adams, editor-in-chief for ArcView Market Research said, “The only consumer industry categories I’ve seen reach $5 billion in annual spending and then post anything like 25% compound annual growth in the next five years are cable television (19%) in the 1990s and the broadband internet (29%) in the 2000s.”1