Technical Advances in Food and Agricultural Product Quality Detection

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2024 | Viewed by 574

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Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Adnan Menderes University, 09010 Aydin, Turkey
Interests: vibrational spectroscopy; chemometrics; chromatography; portable and handheld sensors; food characterization; authentication
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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Interests: NIR; FTIR Raman; miniaturized devices
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Dear Colleagues,

The increasing demand for swift and precise quality assessment of food and agricultural products stems from the necessity to meet quality standards, uphold safety and hygiene protocols, and address concerns regarding food adulteration within the food supply chain. Regrettably, evaluating agricultural and food product quality still heavily relies on subjective measures, including visual inspection, consumer preference, and traditional wet chemistry methods, which can be labor-intensive, time-consuming, frequently unreliable, and require hazardous chemicals. Recent advancements in hardware design and data mining practices have unlocked the potential of new techniques and sensors as promising tools for routine analyses of agricultural and food products.

This Special Issue aims to explore cutting-edge technological advancements that ensure quality and food safety in food and agricultural products. We invite original research articles, reviews, and short communications that delve into emerging device technologies, emphasizing miniaturization or their application for characterizing food products. Your contributions in this area are highly encouraged and welcomed.

Dr. Didem Aykas
Prof. Dr. Luis E Rodriguez-Saona
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • in-field applications
  • high-throughput screening
  • miniaturization
  • artificial intelligence
  • chromatography
  • mass spectroscopy
  • FT-IR
  • NIR
  • hyperspectral Imaging
  • Raman
  • NIR

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What’s in Your Fruit Juice?—Rapid Quality Screening Based on Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(4), 1654; https://doi.org/10.3390/app14041654 - 19 Feb 2024
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Fruit juices (FJ) have gained widespread global consumption, driven by their perceived health benefits. The accuracy of nutrition information is essential for consumers assessing FJ quality, especially with increasing concerns about added sugars and obesity risk. Conversely, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), found in [...] Read more.
Fruit juices (FJ) have gained widespread global consumption, driven by their perceived health benefits. The accuracy of nutrition information is essential for consumers assessing FJ quality, especially with increasing concerns about added sugars and obesity risk. Conversely, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), found in nature in many fruits and vegetables, is often lost due to its susceptibility to light, air, and heat, and it undergoes fortification during FJ production. Current analytical methods for determining FJ components are time-consuming and labor-intensive, prompting the need for rapid analytical tools. This study employed a field-deployable portable FT-IR device, requiring no sample preparation, to simultaneously predict multiple quality traits in 68 FJ samples from US markets. Using partial least square regression (PLSR) models, a strong correlation (RCV ≥ 0.93) between FT-IR predictions and reference values was obtained, with a low standard error of prediction. Remarkably, 21% and 37% of FJs deviated from nutrition label values for sugars and ascorbic acid, respectively. Portable FT-IR devices offer non-destructive, simultaneous, simple, and high-throughput approaches for chemical profiling and real-time prediction of sugars and acid levels in FJs. Their handiness and ruggedness can provide food processors with a valuable “out-of-the-laboratory” analytical tool. Full article
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Dear Colleagues,

The increasing demand for swift and precise quality assessment of food and agricultural products stems from the necessity to meet quality standards, uphold safety and hygiene protocols, and address concerns regarding food adulteration within the food supply chain. Regrettably, evaluating agricultural and food product quality still heavily relies on subjective measures, including visual inspection, consumer preference, and traditional wet chemistry methods, which can be labor-intensive, time-consuming, frequently unreliable, and require hazardous chemicals. Recent advancements in hardware design and data mining practices have unlocked the potential of new techniques and sensors as promising tools for routine analyses of agricultural and food products.

This Special Issue aims to explore cutting-edge technological advancements that ensure quality and food safety in food and agricultural products. We invite original research articles, reviews, and short communications that delve into emerging device technologies, emphasizing miniaturization or their application for characterizing food products. Your contributions in this area are highly encouraged and welcomed.

Dr. Didem Aykas
Prof. Dr. Luis E Rodriguez-Saona
Guest Editors

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