Does Analytical Food Control Live Up To Expectations?
A ‘Perspective’ paper by Dr Koni Grob of the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton Zurich in Switzerland (Grob 2009) in a special issue of the Journal of Separation Science in 2009 on food analysis provides some sobering thoughts on the role of food analysts and the importance of analytical food control in controlling food safety and quality and public health.
Laboratory Accreditation: the NATA Experience
The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA, www.nata.com.au) is Australia’s Government-endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories and similar testing facilities, and the peak authority in Australia for accreditation of inspecting bodies. NATA is the world’s largest association of accredited laboratories, and the world’s longest-standing comprehensive laboratory accreditation provider (since 1947). It is supported by thousands of volunteer peer technical experts who assist in the evaluation of laboratories, and it is independently evaluated by international counterparts to assure world’s best practices. NATA is a private, not-for-profit company, owned and governed by its members and representatives from government, industry and professional bodies.
Modern Food Analysis – do we know what's up for lunch?
The free movement of safe and wholesome food is an essential aspect of international trade and contributes significantly to the health and well-being of citizens and to their social and economic interests. Due to globalization and the availability of new technological processes, the food and feed sector is becoming more and more complex.
Food is a complicated matrix and the number of analytes of interest is almost infinite. They range from well defined analytes such as elements and small molecules, to macromolecules (DNA, proteins) and properties which are defined by the methodology applied for analysis (e.g. total fat, dietary fibre, peroxide value, etc). The drastic increase in international trade of food products has produced an urgent need for the global comparability of analytical results. Food legislation demands the planned testing of foodstuffs for a broad variety of purposes, i.e. conformity to product specifications in commerce, conformity to label declarations in retailing, and above all health and consumer protection (conformity with maximum residue limits, detection and prevention of fraud, etc).
Comparisons of NMR / MRI Technique With Other Analytical Methodologies in the Field of Food Science and Technology
This review gathers studies which compare NMR approaches for food analysis with other traditional destructive and/or non-destructive analytical approaches in food science and technology. These reported comparative studies clearly illustrate the advantages available with NMR as well as recognising the disadvantages which need to be addressed. It becomes evident that synergistic combinations of NMR / MRI with other analytic techniques would broaden their applicable scope and applicability in the field of food science and technology.