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Techniques & Tools Sensors, Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Mass Spectrometry, Technology

Let Battle Commence

Let Battle Commence

Ensuring food quality and safety can often be an uphill struggle. Could FoodSmartphone – a handheld bioanalytical sensing and diagnostics tool – be a more effective weapon in the fight against food fraud?

In the field of analytical science and technology, a two-sided trend is becoming apparent. In the future, there will be an increase in on-site testing at the point of care in hospitals and GP offices, but also in the field, at farms, in retail spaces – and even at home. And that means a great deal of lab work will move to the end user. At the same time, there is also a trend towards very high-end instrumentation and orthogonal techniques that can measure both biological and physical chemical parameters in a method.

I saw the same trend in food analysis – and that’s why two years ago, I applied for a European PhD training network project called FoodSmartphone, which ultimately aims to bring the tools of the routine food analysis lab to end users. I see three different and highly complementary ways of achieving that goal – but all three have different starting points and development times.

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About the Author

Michel Nielen

Michel Nielen is Principal Scientist of RIKILT, professor of Analytical Chemistry at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. He is coordinator of the H2020 MSCA ITN project FoodSmartphone and Co-Chair of RAFA 2017.

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