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Recent Insights on the Molecular Basis Food Quality and Security Analysis

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1315

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Department of Applied Chemistry, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad 38000, Pakistan
Interests: food quality; food safety; edible food packaging
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Dear Colleagues,

The concept of food quality has changed remarkably during the last 3–5 years, a trend that is expected to continue because it is a dynamic concept affected by objective and subjective factors. Food quality requires the accumulative efforts of all the stockholders involved in a food chain to avoid problems arising during production, transportation, distribution, and marketing. Food quality is also affected by food adulteration, food authenticity, and food fraud. Food safety refers to the control and prevention of hazards associated with food intake and can also be linked closely with the concept of food quality. Food safety is a global problem affecting diverse areas of our daily lives. Food analysis is vital because with suitable, reliable, accurate, and precise methods, we can detect food quality or food safety hazards in the food chain.

Researchers and scientists from food quality, food chemistry, and food analytical technique backgrounds are encouraged to contribute to this Special Issue. All the papers should focus on chemistry and molecules, such as extraction, synthesis, chemical characterization, analysis and the application of molecular additives, food antimicrobials and food antioxidants to improve food quality and safety. We aim to add value and provide information about recent issues and challenges in food quality and safety.

Dr. Shahzad Zafar Iqbal
Guest Editor

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  • analytical characterization of vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds important for the quality of food
  • analysis of the chemical changes involved during the processing of food products
  • bioactive food packaging and edible food coating
  • characterization of food contaminants
  • analysis of components and constituents relating to taste, flavor, color of food and food products
  • molecular additives
  • food antimicrobials
  • food antioxidants

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Microbial Diversity and Bioactive Compounds in Dried Lycium barbarum Fruits (Goji): A Comparative Study
Molecules 2023, 28(10), 4058; - 12 May 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 957
This study compares the microbial diversity and content of bioactive compounds in dried goji berries available on the Polish market to those of the most highly valued goji berries from the Ningxia region in China. The content of phenols, flavonoids, and carotenoids were [...] Read more.
This study compares the microbial diversity and content of bioactive compounds in dried goji berries available on the Polish market to those of the most highly valued goji berries from the Ningxia region in China. The content of phenols, flavonoids, and carotenoids were determined, as well as the antioxidant capacities of the fruits. The quantitative and qualitative composition of the microbiota inhabiting the fruits was assessed using metagenomics by high-throughput sequencing on the Illumina platform. The highest quality was demonstrated by naturally dried fruits from the Ningxia region. These berries were characterized by a high content of polyphenols and high antioxidant activity, as well as high microbial quality. The lowest antioxidant capacity was shown by goji berries cultivated in Poland. However, they contained a high amount of carotenoids. The highest microbial contamination was found in the goji berries available in Poland (>106 CFU/g), which is important in terms of consumer safety. Despite the widely accepted benefits of consuming goji berries, both the country of cultivation and the preservation method may influence their composition, bioactivity, and microbial quality. Full article
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