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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsDuring this course, we've looked at some of the tools available to analytical chemists in the fight against food fraud. These have ranged from near-infrared spectroscopy, already widely used in the food sector for routine measurements, through to cutting-edge instruments for carrying out high-resolution NMR spectroscopy and stable isotope analysis. The diversity of food labelling information means that no single technique is able to verify all claims at once. We've seen that there is often a trade off between the detail and depth of chemical information obtained and the cost and complexity of the technology. The role of the analyst is to make the right choice of tool for the task at hand.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsI hope you've enjoyed learning about the ways that analytical chemistry is helping to ensure the integrity of the food supply. I'd like to end by thanking you for taking this course and to wish you the best of luck in your further studies.

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Identifying Food Fraud

UEA (University of East Anglia)

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Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Becoming a food fraud detective
    Becoming a food fraud detective

    Watch this introduction to the course by Dr Kate Kemsley which gives an overview of food fraud from ancient to modern times

  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
    Near-infrared spectroscopy

    Watch this video in which Dr Kate Kemsley introduces the analytical technique of near-infrared spectroscopy

  • Mid-infrared spectroscopy
    Mid-infrared spectroscopy

    Watch this video showing how FTIR can be used to glean detailed information on chemical components present in ground roast coffee using coffee beans

  • Introducing NMR spectroscopy
    Introducing NMR spectroscopy

    In this video Dr Kate Kemsley introduces the concepts behind Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy

  • Benchtop NMR spectroscopy
    Benchtop NMR spectroscopy

    Will Jakes an MChem graduate of the University of East Anglia describes the principles and virtues of the benchtop NMR spectrometer

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