Determining adulteration in your product
In recent years adulteration has become an increasing problem globally in the food industry and for consumers. Determining if the product has been adulterated is important for many reasons. Is the product pure; does it contain any contaminants; has it been adulterated in any way for economic reasons? Thermo Fisher Scientific has advanced instrumentation that can help in the area of food adulteration to determine the known and unknown contaminants of the food and beverage product. Our state of the art products help labs check for the adulteration of edible oils to fruit juices and many other products. Our instruments help government agencies and contract laboratories determine if a particular product has been adulterated.
A Unique Approach to Tackle Extra Virgin Olive Oil Adulteration
Virgin and extra virgin olive oils are adulterated with cheaper vegetable oils and lower grade olive oils due to the high demand and price of high-grade olive oil. Not only is it important to authenticate olive oil to prevent fraud, it is also necessary to determine purity for the health and safety of consumers.
Authenticity — Adulteration/Food Fraud — Halal Foods
The food integrity compendium highlights key applications for testing authenticity, adulteration and origin as well as Halal foods. It includes applications such as fish, honey, edible oils and spices. It also includes information on the instrumentation used for food integrity testing as well as links to related application resources.
Honey has been considered a valuable product since ancient times. It possesses prebiotic, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. The cost of honey is much greater than that of any other sweetener, and it can, therefore, be a target of adulteration. Adulteration by sweeteners is the most important authenticity issue.
Stable isotope analysis of honey, in order to detect adulteration, is in widespread use and requires an Elemental Analyzer coupled to a Thermo Scientific DELTA V Series Isotope Ratio MS.
The global beverage industry is growing each year with the introduction of new products, such as vitamin-fortified water, energy drinks, anti-aging water, and herbal nutritional supplements. With this growth come many more analytical challenges.
With fruit, vegetables, seafood, and meat traveling thousands of miles to reach far-flung destinations, and with poor or no knowledge of the agricultural practices, the need for food testing is increasingly important.
Access a targeted collection of scientific application notes, case studies, videos, webinars and white papers for food microbiology, manufacturing and processing, beverage testing, analytical testing, and authenticity information.