on food fraud
Putting the squeeze
A barcode doesn’t always tell us the
whole truth about what we purchase.
Products can be mislabeled before
they hit the shelves, and this problem
is affecting the food industry.
That is why researchers at the
University of Saskatchewan’s College
of Agriculture and Bioresources, in
collaboration with the University
of Guelph, are working on a
microscopic tracing system to fight
food counterfeiting. By inserting a
carbohydrate-based marker into foods
like fruit or fish, scientists can monitor
quality from the pond to the plate and
the grove to the glass.
The invention could ensure that we, as
consumers, are certain of what we eat.
Jill Hobbs, professor of bioresource policy, business and economics and
Nicholas Low, professor of food and bioproduct sciences.