Food Forensics

Developing quality checking tools to prove authenticity.


You are what you eat and drink (or take in if you’re a plant), and you reflect the environment in which you live.

Quality checking tools are being developed to prove authenticity, and support consumer confidence in the value-added food market.

Adding value to food, organic growing conditions for example, is one way in which producers can command better prices for the same produce.

Food forensics uses the natural abundance of environmental isotopes and elemental concentrations as tracers to:

food forensics
  • Authenticate the geographic region-of-origin of foods
  • Differentiate between organic and conventionally grow foods
  • Determine the feeding diet of animals
  • Detect noncompliant organic farming practises
  • Reveal false labelling of organic produce
  • Detect adulteration of foods (e.g. addition of sugar to juices)

Project Examples