Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 36(10), 1243 (2020).

Rapid LC-MS/MS Determination of Hesperidin in Fermented Tea Prepared from Unripe Satsuma Mandarin (Citrus unshiu) Fruits and Third-crop Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaves
Masashi MIURA, Mamiko NOGAMI, Miho SAKAI, Miwa SATO, and Takeshi YATSUSHIRO
Department of Production and Distribution, Miyazaki Agricultural Research Institute, 5805 Shimonaka Sadowara-cho, Miyazaki, Miyazaki 880-0212, Japan
For improving quality control in the fermented tea production process and advancing the corresponding food labeling with function claims, a rapid and robust hesperidin analysis method using LC-MS/MS with the sample dilution approach was developed by following internationally accepted criteria of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC). The linear correlation coefficient (r2) of the regression line was 0.9997 in the concentration range of 0.025 – 2.5 mg/L. The matrix effect evaluated using regression line slope values was negligible. The recovery rate of 100.7% indicated improved trueness. The performance of the newly developed method in determining the hesperidin content of fermented tea samples did not significantly vary from that of a well-established, conventional method. The HorRat values of intra- and inter-laboratory reproducibility studies were both within the acceptable range, indicating sufficient accuracy of the newly developed method according to the AOAC criteria.