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Consumer protection and the detection of frauds in food and beverages have benefitted from recent technical progress in isotopic techniques. The measurement of various isotopic ratios of different fractions of a product may help to characterize the botanical or synthetic origin of a molecule. To some extent, the geographical origin may also be checked. For many products, indications of the natural origin of the ingredients (flavours and aromas), or about the addition of sugars or acids, must clearly appear on the label. The isotopic techniques offer powerful methods for checking the truthfulness of the labelling and for the detection of many frauds in various food products and beverages.

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Authors: GUILLOU C, JRC Ispra (IT);RENIERO F, JRC Ispra (IT);SERRINI G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Research and Chemical Checks as a Contribution to the Fight against Fraud within the EU, Venice (IT), November 6-8, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40211 ORA
Record Number: 199611487 / Last updated on: 1997-01-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en