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‘Authentomics’- Using big data to identify food fraud
25th April 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Food fraud is estimated to cost the UK food and drink industry up to £11 billion per year and also has the potential to be a major food safety issue. Food fraud covers a broad definition and can include dilution or substitution, adulteration, mislabeling, or misinterpretation or deliberate tampering. Each of these presents its own challenge.
Analytical chemistry plays an important role in understanding the chemical composition of food – and ensuring consumers are confident that the food they consume is authentic and safe. There are a plethora of techniques and methodologies used in food analysis from the robust and routine to the new, novel and developing. Modern analytical techniques are capable of identifying known contaminants at very low levels but the emphasis on this meeting will not be on identifying specific contaminants but on identifying whether the food is entirely what it says it is. Techniques that can profile samples, whether portable or lab based, are being increasing employed and could prove invaluable tools in the fight against food fraud.