Description

Food and beverage labels often specify a product’s geographical origin, species, variety and method of production. These claims can significantly influence an item’s economic value, but their verification is not always straightforward. New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food reviews new analytical methods in this area together with applications to key commodities.

Part one introduces the concept of food origin and provides supporting information on labelling legislation and standards. Part two moves on to explore new approaches for verifying the geographical origin of food using geospatial models and verifying species and varietal components of the food we eat. Holistic methods of verification methods using vibrational spectroscopy and associated chemometrics are also discussed. Finally, part three highlights the applications of new analytical methods to verify the origin of particular food commodities: fish, honey and wine.

New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food is a standard reference for professionals working in analytical laboratories testing food authenticity and for researchers, in the food industry, analytical laboratories and academia, working on the development of analytical methods for food authenticity.

Key Features

  • Includes a chapter on origin labelling legislation and standards
  • Chapters address the applications of both established and novel methods in key product sectors
  • Reviews new analytical methods and their applications in the food industry

Readership

Professionals working in analytical laboratories testing food authenticity; Researchers in the food industry and academia working on the development of analytical methods for food authenticity; Policy makers involved in food regulation

Table of Contents

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Verifying the origin of food: an introduction

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction: the importance of food origin

1.2 Historical context

1.3 The impact of the Common Agricultural Policy

1.4 Food assurance

1.5 Analytical procedures for verifying authenticity

1.6 Future trends

1.7 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Food origin labelling legislation and standards

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 International legislation and standards

2.3 European Union (Community) legislation and standards

2.4 European Community (EC) agricultural marketing standards

2.5 Organic standards and protected descriptions of geographic origin

2.6 Legislation and standards in other parts of the world

2.7 Conclusion and future trends

2.8 Sources of further information and advice

Part II: Analytical methods

Chapter 3: New approaches for verifying the geographical origin of foods

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction: the commercial importance of the geographical origin of foods

3.2 Stable isotope approaches for verifying the origin of foods

3.3 Stable isotope analysis of heavy (‘geo’) elements

3.4 Trace element approaches for verifying the origin of foods

3.5 Alternative new methods for verifying the origin of foods

3.6 Conclusion and future trends

3.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 4: Development and application of geospatial models for verifying the geographical origin of food

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Conceptual framework and requirements

4.3 Geospatial modelling

4.4 Inference on geospatial models

4.5 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 5: New approach

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9780857097590
Print ISBN:
9780857092748
Print ISBN:
9780081015520

About the editor

Paul Brereton

Paul Brereton is Coordinator of Agri-food Research at The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), UK.