Special Issue "Non-destructive Methods in Determining Safety and Quality of Foods"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Analytical Methods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nicola Caporaso
Guest Editor
Division of Food Sciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
Interests: food science and technology; food chemistry; spectroscopy; food analysis; phytochemicals; sensory analysis; polyphenols; phenolic compounds; hyperspectral image analysis; cereal science; flavour chemistry; near-infrared spectroscopy; coffee; VIS/NIR spectroscopy; olive oil; aroma; SPME-GC/MS; olive oil quality assessment; oil-in-water emulsions
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Dear Colleagues,

Methods for non-destructive assessment of food quality are of increasing importance for the food industry and researchers to ensure safe, healthy and high-quality products for the consumer.

Methods such as NIR spectroscopy, remote vision systems and hyperspectral imaging, as well as technologies such as X-ray and NMR-based technologies, are just a few examples.

Meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, as well as grains, can be conveniently analysed by various means that do not involve the sample destruction, thus, avoiding waste at the food industry level, but also ensuring that the whole production will be assessed as opposed to a small representative batch.

For research applications, methods that allow non-destructive assessment of food composition or quality, are useful to then use those samples for further analyses, with benefits related to the fundamental understanding of correlations among food constituents or properties.

You are invited to submit your research papers on any aspect related to non-destructive methods for food assessment, from the raw material, to processing and final products, and from both laboratory-based as well as industrial applications.

The final deadline for submitting manuscripts is 20 May 2020. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, and manuscripts received before the deadline will be immediately processed.

Dr. Nicola Caporaso
Guest Editor

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  • Food quality
  • Non-destructive assessment
  • Remote sensing
  • Rapid analysis
  • Food composition
  • Food safety
  • NIR spectroscopy
  • hyperspectral imaging
  • X-ray technologies
  • NMR-based technologies
  • Food chemistry
  • Food science and technology
  • Food analysis

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Spectroscopic Techniques for Monitoring Thermal Treatments in Fish and Other Seafood: A Review of Recent Developments and Applications
Foods 2020, 9(6), 767; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9060767 - 10 Jun 2020
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Cooking is an important processing method, that has been used since ancient times in order to both ensure microbiological safety and give desired organoleptic properties to the cooked food. Fish and other seafood products are highly sensitive to thermal treatments and the application [...] Read more.
Cooking is an important processing method, that has been used since ancient times in order to both ensure microbiological safety and give desired organoleptic properties to the cooked food. Fish and other seafood products are highly sensitive to thermal treatments and the application of severe heat can result in negative consequences on sensory and nutritional parameters, as well as other quality attributes of the thermally processed products. To avoid such undesired effects and to extend the shelf life of these perishable products, both the heat processing methods and the assessment techniques used to monitor the process should be optimized. In this review paper, the most common cooking methods and some innovative ones will first be presented with a brief discussion of their impact on seafood quality. The main methods used for monitoring heat treatments will then be reviewed with a special focus on spectroscopic techniques, which are known to be rapid and non-destructive methods compared to traditional approaches. Finally, viewpoints of the current challenges will be discussed and possible directions for future applications and research will be suggested. The literature presented in this review clearly demonstrates the potential of spectroscopic techniques, coupled with chemometric tools, for online monitoring of heat-induced changes resulting from the application of thermal treatments of seafood. The use of fluorescence hyperspectral imaging is especially promising, as the technique combines the merits of both fluorescence spectroscopy (high sensitivity and selectivity) and hyperspectral imaging (spatial dimension). With further research and investigation, the few current limitations of monitoring thermal treatments by spectroscopy can be addressed, thus enabling the use of spectroscopic techniques as a routine tool in the seafood industry. Full article
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