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Analysis of Food Fraud & Authenticity

Economically motivated adulterations are a worldwide problem for the food trade.

High-quality raw materials are stretched with inferior goods, the real origins are obscured or in the case of honey and agave syrup diluted with industrially produced syrups in such a way that determining the authenticity of the product becomes more difficult. High-quality coffee qualities, such as Arabica coffee, are mixed with cheaper Robusta varieties, but this blend is not labelled.

For various other matrices we offer the examination for food fraud and authenticity, e. g. for essential oils or vanillin. In the latter, isotope analysis is used to determine the origin of vanillin from genuine vanilla beans or from other origins.

Tentamus Center for Food Fraud – TCF2

Food Fraud is not an emerging problem of the food industry, it rather occurs already for decades or even centuries. However, the horse meat scandal in 2013 substantially raised awareness of authorities and consumers alike.

In order to be able to meet rising concerns the Tentamus Group founded the Tentamus Global Center for Food Fraud (TCF2).

The TCF2 serves as a hub for food fraud related requests from customers to any of the Tentamus labs. The TCF2 links analytical resources of our partner labs and offers additional services like sampling and sealing, for example of containers in a harbor before international shipment. Furthermore, TCF2 provides services around certification schemes, for instance support for VACCP.

The commitment of the people that are the foundation of our worldwide network of Tentamus laboratories enable us to provide state-of-the-art analytical techniques as well as comprehensive services and support around the challenging topic of food fraud.



The TCF2 uses state-of-the-art equipment such as:

  • NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy)
  • LC-HR-MS (liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry)
  • LC-MS/MS (liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry)
  • NGS (Next Generation Sequencing)
  • IR-MS (Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry)
  • LC-IR-MS (liquid chromatography coupled to isotope ratio mass spectrometry)
  • ICP-MS (highly sensitive analysis of trace elements)


Choices of matrices prone to food fraud

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Edible Oils
  • Herbs / Spices
  • Tree Nuts
  • Honey
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Meat

      Do you have further questions about the analysis of food fraud & authenticity? Please do not hesitate to contact us:


      Tel: +49 (0)421 / 59 66 070


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