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IEH is at the forefront of efforts to safeguard the food supply

Food fraud is as old as the history of food commerce.

It can be divided into the following categories: 

 

Economic Adulteration: At least one component of the product has been substituted, usually to levels that increase the profit margin. In some cases the substituted ingredient can be harmful to humans or animals. 

Incidental Adulteration: The product contains an undeclared ingredient which has been added by mistake or through sloppy production practices. 

Intentional Misbranding: The best examples are misrepresenting products as organic, GMO free, or gluten free. 

Counterfeit: All aspects of a given product are replicated, with special attention to packaging. 

Product Tampering: When products are intentionally tampered with to cause harm to consumers and/or brand names. 



Through our partnerships with food companies, IEH is at the forefront of efforts to safeguard the food supply. Our team of scientists can develop and validate appropriate methods quickly and use them to investigate an issue. IEH has developed and uses a variety of tools for food authentication. Our comprehensive testing services include the following:

  • Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis (SIRA): To test for adulteration or confirm geographic origin of products like cheese, fertilizers, fruit juice, vegetable juice, honey, and olive oil 

  • Trace Contaminant Testing: For antibiotics, formaldehyde, cellulose, melamine and other industrial contaminants

  • Botanical ID Testing: For species identification of plant based products, spices and supplements

  • Fish ID Testing: Authentication of fish and seafood species

  • Meat Speciation: For animal species identification 

  • Pesticide Testing: Screening for synthetic pesticides not allowed with organic crops

  • Fatty Acid Profile Testing: For cheese and vegetable oil adulteration

  • GMO Testing: For non-GMO products 

  • Cotton ID Testing: For cotton species identification 

  • Allergen Testing: For undeclared allergens