Is it really pure honey? Detecting adulterations, frauds and quality issues by NMR-based Honey-Profiling
In recent years, an imbalance has emerged between supply and demand in the market for honey. Pressures on bee populations have resulted in a squeeze in its availability. While, at the same time, increasing demand from consumers in developing countries mean that more people than ever want to get a hold of honey. The consequence of this? Honey has become one of the most adulterated food substances in the world. Estimates suggest around 20% of honey on the world market is a product of fraud.
Recently, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has emerged as a technique that can help to tackle honey adulteration and inauthenticity. The non-targeted approach can be used, not only to characterize the components of honey samples and detect added ingredients, such as sugar syrups, but to derive the geographic origin of the product, which does not always match up with its label.
In this webinar, Dr Thomas Bocher, Market Manager for Food, Feed & Beverage Solutions and Léa Heintz, Product Manager for the FoodScreener product platform at Bruker BioSpin, will explain how NMR profiling using the Bruker FoodScreener can provide a non-targeted approach to the detection of honey fraud.
Dr. Thomas Bocher (Biography),
Market Manager for Food, Feed & Beverage Solutions - Bruker BioSpin
Léa Heintz (Biography),
Product Manager for the FoodScreener product platform - Bruker BioSpin
Who should attend
This webinar will interest those working in the honey industry and being responsible for the quality and the authenticity of honey such as lab managers from honey packers, from honey and from specialized analytical service labs for honey analytics. It will also contain important information for scientists working in analytical settings and for governmental institutes ensuring the safety and authenticity of foodstuffs.