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Portable Spectroscopy and the Fight Against Food Fraud

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Optical-based analyses often require zero sample preparation, can be performed in a “point-and-shoot” method and require only a few seconds for data acquisition.

RICHARD CROCOMBE, CROCOMBE SPECTROSCOPIC CONSULTING, AND ELLEN MISEO, TEAKORIGIN

Food fraud and adulteration is a serious and increasing problem with significant health and economic impacts. Although robust and sophisticated laboratory methods have been developed to detect fraud, the question of how that experience can be deployed in the field remains. Ideally, handheld instruments operated by nonscientists would be used at a port, in a food distribution center or on a supermarket loading dock. Cases of food fraud — some of which cause serious illness and death — make the headlines every few months. Although some of the fraud cases have caused a...Read full article

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