Food Authenticity and Traceability

1st Edition

Editors: M Lees
Print ISBN: 9781855735262
eBook ISBN: 9781855737181
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd October 2003
Page Count: 400
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The ability to trace and authenticate a food product is of major concern to the food industry. This important topic is reviewed extensively in this authoritative text on current and emerging techniques.

Part one deals with analytical techniques applied to food authentication. There are chapters on both established and developing technologies, as well as discussions of chemometrics and data handling. Part two relates these methodologies to particular food and beverage products, such as meat, dairy products, cereals and wine. In part three traceability is reviewed in detail, looking at the development of efficient traceability systems and their application in practice to such areas as animal feed and fish processing.

Food Authenticity and Traceability is an essential reference for all those concerned with food safety and quality.

Key Features

  • Outlines methods and issues in food authentication and traceability
  • Deals with analytical techniques applied to food authentication, with chapters on established and developing technologies, chemometrics and data handling
  • Explores how techniques are applied in particular sectors and reviews recent developments in traceability systems for differing food products


Industrialists and researchers involved in all areas of food processing, authentication and traceablility; Food science students and academics

Table of Contents

Part 1 Methods for authentication and traceability: Advanced PCR techniques in identifying food components; DNA methods for identifying plant and animal species in food; Enzyme immunoassays for identifying animal species in food; Proteome and metabolome analysis for food authentication; Near infra-red absorption technology for analysing food composition; NMR spectroscopy in food authentication; Using stable isotope ration mass spectrometry (IRMS) in food authentication and traceability; Spectrophotometric techniques; Gas chromatography; High pressure liquid chromatograophy (HPLC) in food authentication; Enzymatic techniques for authenticating food components; In-line sensors for food analysis; Chemometrics in data analysis. Part 2 Authenticating and tracing particular foods: Species identification in processed seafoods; Meat and meat products; Milk and dairy products; Cereals; Herbs and spices; Identifying GMO's; Wine authenticity. Part 3 Traceability: Traceability in food processing: An introduction; Developing traceability systems across the supply chain; Developing and implementing an effective traceability and product recall system; Traceability in fish processing; Safety and traceability of animal feed; Geographical traceability of cheese; Advanced DNA-based detection techniques for genetically-modified food.


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About the Editor

M Lees

Dr Michele Lees is Director of Collaborative Research at Eurofins Scientific Laboratories, internationally known for its work on food analysis and authentication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Eurofins, France


…provides a wealth of information suitable for a very broad range of readers., Food Australia
It is both interesting and informative, containing a very comprehensive overview of relevant scientific and management techniques., Food Australia
…a collection of detailed reviews covering the application of current and new technologies with respect to food traceablility and authentication. …will be apreciated by industrialists and researchers involved in all areas of food processing, authentication and traceablility. It is also highly recommended to food science students and academics that utilise any of the analytical techniques discussed., Carbohydrate Polymers