Food scandals and climate change – challenges for food analysis

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Food scandals, food fraud, the consequences of climate change—the food industry is continuously rocked by negative headlines. Enough reason to present the latest lab trends, analysis techniques, options for detection and methods for exposure at analytica 2020 in the “Live Lab Food Analysis”. You will also be able to inspect the latest equipment systems and developments from leading producers and obtain information on legal requirements.

Analytical systems and equipment developments are indispensable for the exposure of scandalous business practices, such as the selling of rotten meat. This became evident, e.g., in connection with the horse meat scandal, adulterated honey, organic food fraud and insufficient hygiene. But in food safety and consumer protection, the latest analyses for detection and origin, or quality assurance systems are only possible with the latest analytical technology and novel molecular biology methods as well. This is just what you will see at the trade fair, when you visit the industry venue “Food Analysis”.

Market leaders and innovative companies
Focus on food fraud
Plant-based food
Focus on glyphosate

Market leaders and innovative companies

Renowned exhibitors present the latest products and services of food analysis.

Following find an outline of participating companies of analytica 2020:

You can find all the leading manufacturers and startups focusing on food analysis which participate in analytica 2020 in our exibition directory.

Focus on food fraud: Expose adulterated food

Food fraud is becoming an ever more important topic: the adulteration of food, such as substituting and mixing expensive ingredients with cheaper ones, such as syrup and fat, dilutions of oils and wines or incorrectly specified varieties and the illegal addition of flavouring, keep happening in many different areas. These adulterations confront food analysis and food control with huge challenges. Such food adulterations can only be detected, and thus, the fraud behind them, if high-performance methods for the authentification of food and the identification of ingredients are available. Visit analytica to find out about the latest state of affairs and the most important developments in these fields.

Whether it is about possibilities to verify the authenticity of food, or analytical methods to identify insecticides, herbicides and pesticides, illegal dyes, mineral oil residues, heavy metals and other illegal toxic substances, or allergens, genetically modified organisms or even pathogens—powerful food analysis provides reliable test results. Obtain information on the latest developments and equipment systems from notable manufacturers as well as the current legal requirements at analytica 2020.

Plant-based food: Investigation of metabolic changes in agricultural crops

Modern food chemistry also has the purpose of analyzing functional foods as well as prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics or food supplements with a health-enhancing effect, and of identifying the active ingredients. New plant-based active substances, vegan and vegetarian food are gaining greater significance in this context. For testing plant-based foods and the reactions occurring in the foods, non-targeted analyses with high-resolution mass spectrometry are applied today. Come to the trade fair to see where the opportunities and the limits are.

The investigation of the metabolism of plant-based foods is an important application of non-target analytics and non-target screening. Metabolomics studies contribute to showing changes in the metabolic processes as a result of the climate changes. For crops in particular, such metabolic changes have enormous significance with respect to the ingredients and the associated effects on nutrition. So it is a must for you to get detailed information on this set of topics at the trade fair.

Focus on glyphosate: How to prove its application

For better crop growth and increased yield, herbicides and pesticides are still applied in large quantities in conventional agriculture. Glyphosate, which is to be banned in the future, is particularly controversial. The critical discussion of its carcinogenic effect and environmental hazards triggers a greater demand for effective methods to identify glyphosate. Foods and beverages on a plant and cereal basis are particularly highly contaminated with pesticides such as glyphosate.

The detection of glyphosate has become possible with state-of-the-art specific analytical methods. The total value-added chain of the analysis—from preparing the samples to LC-MS/MS analysis and compliant evaluation—allows the direct detection of glyphosate in foods. In this field, it is always decisive to transfer highly complex laboratory methods to robust routine conditions. Apart from the question about the origin of raw materials and foods, glyphosate analysis is of special significance for the production and analysis of baby and organic food. So this is a very wide field, which you should not miss, when you visit the trade fair.

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