Food scandals keep hitting the news—glyphosate in beer, dioxin in eggs, mycotoxins in coffee… At Analytica 2018, experts explained how today’s mycotoxin analysis methods have become so efficient that they can detect “fake food”, banned additives or allergens, impurities and, in the end, guarantee food safety.
LCTech for example makes it possible to measure dioxin analysis overnight or over the weekend, completely automatically. The company’s DEXTech 16 is the first fully automated sample preparation system on the market that cleans up 16 samples within one sequence, unattended and around the clock.
The next step for industry experts will be to develop food analysis carried out by consumers themselves. The ideal situation would be to be able to scan the food with a phone and know where it comes from and what’s actually inside it.