With modern global supply chains becoming longer and more complex, it can be hard to know if a product is really from where the package claims. This is an issue for importers and retailers, as the liability could fall on them if a product has misleading packaging or claims regarding place of origin. Certificates of authentication can be mixed up by accident, or can easily be faked, so it is important not to take raw materials or semi-finished products at face-value.
There are several new methods of food profiling which can aide in this situation, from laboratory solutions to services which will create accurate food profiles for the benefit of importers. The key is isotope analysis, which are different everywhere on earth. Anuga FoodTec 2018 will showcase a variety of methods and providers which can assist in authentication.