Food is refered to as authentic when its origin is correctly stated and declared.
Food is considered safe when it’s secure to consume and does not pose any health risks.
Food quality refers to food that meets the preset quality specifications
Food fraud is the intentional degradation of food integrity.
Food adulteration is food fraud by admixture.
Food counterfeit is food fraud by incorrect origin statement, declaration, or production and, or expiration date statement.
Food spoilage is the microbial degradation of food safety and, or food quality.
Food counterfeit is food fraud by stating the incorrect product name and or manufacturer.
Food safety degradation by harmful chemicals, foreign bodies, parasites, or microorganisms.
Food Fraud Examples
Food spoilage is a primary cause of food waste around the world. It typically causes a deviation in appearance from conforming product. Color and/or texture may become different and the microorganism or metabolites from the microorganisms may be directly visible on the surface. Spoilage is often associated with unpleasant odor and taste as well as with an increase in softness. In the video to the right Tom Ashfield of Rothamsted Research is illustrating how VideometerLab may be used to detect spoiling pathogens on strawberries.
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Setting up a protocol for food integrity assessment is a three step procedure:
Once the recipe has been defined then it can be stored in a local database or in the cloud for easy deployment to new samples with the corresponding product ID. Having the recipe availabe will mean that new samples are measured and analyzed in VideometerLab in app. 10 seconds including sample handling. Automated presentation by a robot and automated feeding of granular products are available as are customized in-line versions, VideometerLine, of the technology.