Metabolomics Analysis in Food Authentication and Traceability

A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Metabolomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 February 2025 | Viewed by 335

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College of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434023, China
Interests: untargeted metabolomics; LC-MS; GC-MS; food authenticity; geographical origin traceability; tea; wine; chemometrics
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School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, South-Central Minzu University, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: food authentication and traceability; metabolomics; nanoeffect multivariate spectroscopy; food safety testing; chemometrics

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Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing 100176, China
Interests: food authentication; metabolomics; LC-MS; GC-MS
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food fraud takes place when food products or food labeling are substituted, tampered with or misrepresented for economic gain. Food fraud is estimated to cost the global food industry USD 10-15 billion per year. Transparency and trust in global food chains have emerged as growing concerns for regulators, consumers, and food businesses due to recurring incidents of food fraud globally. To rebuild trust in this market, effective regulatory-based deterrents, advanced scientific-based detection/identification methods, and food fraud prosecution are required to maintain integrity in food control systems.

From the perspective of modern analytical chemistry, the internal chemical composition between authentic and fraud foods should be different. Metabolomics is a methodology for holistically qualitative and quantitative analysis of as many low-molecular-weight metabolites as possible in a biological system under specific conditions, which provides a powerful tool for food authentication and traceability.

In this Special Issue, we invite the submission of research or review articles in all perspectives of food authentication and traceability using metabolomic-based techniques. Topics to be covered in this Special Issue include the development of new metabolomic methods, the mining and identification of new metabolites, and the new application of metabolomics in the field of food authentication and traceability, etc.

Dr. Hui-Wen Gu
Prof. Dr. Haiyan Fu
Dr. Jiukai Zhang
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  • food fraud
  • authentication and traceability
  • metabolomics
  • chemometrics
  • LC-MS
  • GC-MS

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