Special Issue "Food Integrity and Authenticity"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Quality and Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2023 | Viewed by 617

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National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 67-103 Donat Street, 400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: food authentication; food traceability; geographical origin; elemental analysis; ICP-MS; chemometric methods
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Dear Colleagues,

Food integrity and authenticity represent important components for increasing consumers’ trust regarding the quality and safety of food products. Consumers want to know if the products they buy are of quality, contain what they claim, and that the country of origin is the one declared on the label. Foods, as complex matrices, require, for their assessment control, adequate analysis methods combined with statistical tools in order to develop differentiation models, according to distinct criteria (e.g., geographical origin, botanical origin, producer fingerprint, etc.). The analytical methods used in the authentication process and quality control of food items (isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR), Raman, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (2H-NMR), ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–Vis)) alongside different chemometric methods (i.e., PCA, LDA, PLS-DA, SIMCA, etc.) represent useful tools in building predictive models for both quantitative (calibration) and qualitative (classification) responses based on the experimental profiles.

This Special Issue aims to include the manuscripts focusing on new approaches regarding to food quality and safety assessment.

Dr. Adriana Dehelean
Guest Editor

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  • food authenticity
  • food safety
  • elemental composition
  • IRMS
  • contaminants
  • chemometrics

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Simulated and Verification of Mass and Heat Transfer Coupled Model of Jujube Slices Dried by Hot Air Combined with Radio Frequency Heat Treatment at Different Drying Stages
Foods 2023, 12(16), 3025; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods12163025 - 11 Aug 2023
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This study investigates the impact of radio frequency (RF) heat treatment on heat and mass transfer during the hot air drying of jujube slices. Experiments were conducted at different drying stages, comparing single-hot air drying with hot air combined with RF treatment. Numerical [...] Read more.
This study investigates the impact of radio frequency (RF) heat treatment on heat and mass transfer during the hot air drying of jujube slices. Experiments were conducted at different drying stages, comparing single-hot air drying with hot air combined with RF treatment. Numerical models using COMSOL Multiphysics® were developed to simulate the process, and the results were compared to validate the models. The maximum difference between the simulated value of the center temperature and the experimental value was 6.9 °C, while the minimum difference was 0.1 °C. The maximum difference in average surface temperature was 1.7 °C, with a minimum of 0.3 °C. The determination coefficient (R2) between the simulated experimental values of HA and the early (E-HA + RF), middle (M-HA + RF), and later (L-HA + RF) groups was 0.964, 0.987, 0.961, and 0.977, respectively. The study demonstrates that RF treatment reduces drying time, enhances internal temperature, promotes consistent heat and mass transfer, and accelerates moisture diffusion in jujube slices. Furthermore, the later the RF treatment is applied, the greater the increase in internal temperature and the faster the decrease in moisture content. This research elucidates the mechanism by which RF heat treatment influences heat transfer in hot air-dried jujube slices. Full article
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