Food Adulteration Detection: Getting Out of the Lab Using Portable Spectroscopy, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

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New approaches are needed to help tackle food adulteration. Traditional targeted methods are failing to keep up with the actions of fraudsters, who are numerous and are active at multiple points throughout the globalized supply chain. There is now a general movement toward non-targeted methodologies to detect food adulteration. Instead of looking for individual components or analytes, non-targeted methods work by taking a much more holistic approach.

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A key aim of the scientific community should be to arm these stakeholders with the appropriate tools to make economically motivated food adulteration a thing of the past.

Join industry expert Dr. Terry McGrath, Research Fellow, The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast for a live webinar on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11am EST (4pm GMT).

Food fraud is estimated to cost the world economy more than $49 billion per year. The 2013 horse meat scandal alone was reported to cost the UK economy more than £1 billion. The effects of food adulteration reach much further than just these serious economic consequences. The Chinese infant formula scandal, which led to multiple mortalities and hundreds of thousands of babies hospitalized, brought into focus the health implications of economically motivated adulteration. Therefore, stakeholders in the food industry should be stepping up to help eliminate this global problem, not only to protect company brand identity but also to safeguard the well-being of consumers. A key aim of the scientific community should be to arm these stakeholders with the appropriate tools to make economically motivated food adulteration a thing of the past.

In many ways the aim of new holistic approaches is to model normality for a commodity, then look for differences present in a suspect sample that are outside of this normal. In this way, if a fraudster changes what they are using to adulterate with, the analyst will still be able to detect an anomaly.

Spectroscopy techniques such as FT-IR, NIR and Raman, in combination with chemometric modelling, show huge potential for the non-targeted detection of food adulteration. Using oregano as a model, this webinar will present a multistep approach to address adulteration and give guidance on what is needed to transform academic research into a viable tool to address the concerns of the food industry. Data will be presented showing performance of both laboratory-based and portable devices that could allow decision makers to make informed choices in a timely manner. The concept introduced through the oregano model is readily transferable to help fight economically motivated food adulteration in other foodstuffs.

For more information or to register for this event, visit Food Adulteration Detection: Getting Out of the Lab Using Portable Spectroscopy.

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