Trend report: Food analysis
Origin analysis has never been more important than it is now. The authenticity of food is a key factor in consumers' purchasing decisions. Highly efficient analysis systems and future-oriented detection techniques for testing origin and authenticity are the latest trend.
Companies that process and sell food are required to conduct their own tests to document and guarantee the quality of their products and the raw materials that they use. The information on the label has to correspond to the actual ingredients and additives. There cannot be any risk of endangering consumers' health.
In Germany, the food-monitoring program that the national and state governments have in place is important for consumer protection. It tests foods for unhealthy substances and microorganisms. The results are very important when developing national and European legislation.
Pesticides, herbicides and insecticides in food
Monitoring compliance with applicable maximum residue levels of pesticides, insecticides, mycotoxins and microorganisms as well as veterinary drugs, heavy metals and dioxins is an important aspect of food analysis.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
The use of gene technology in agriculture is one of the most rapidly growing, albeit extremely controversial technologies. Above all, its growing international significance is noticeable because of the constant increases in acreage being used to plant genetically modified plants. A variety of PCR technologies are used to test for genetically modified ingredients.
Climate change also affects food safety. Extreme quantities of rain and dry periods are leading to increased instances of pest and mold infestations. In many cases, it is not only plant pathogens, but also toxic metabolites that have formed that pose the actual risk potential.
That is why the industry needs efficient analysis methods that are able to identify previously unknown metabolites and toxins. Mass spectrometry techniques such as LC/MS/MS couplings replaced DC and ELISA a long time ago and continue to increase in significance as a basis for metabolomics technologies.
Demand for "healthy" foods is also increasing. Functional foods, pre- and probiotics and neutraceuticals are more popular than ever. Food products are being enhanced with vitamins and minerals, bacterial cultures and other active ingredients. Allergies and oversensitivity to food products are increasing. Consumption of specifically designed dietary foods such as gluten- and lactose-free foods is also up.
Food analysis 4.0: Efficient and secure
The aspect of automation continues to increase, particularly when it comes to personalized nutrition. Data collection/evaluation and sensible archiving of gigantic quantities of data represent a complicated challenge.
Our trend report on food analysis will give you an in-depth look at future-oriented analysis techniques and features statements from industry experts.