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)
Food Fraud – A Global Challenge
Choices of matrices prone to food fraud
- Edible Oils
- Herbs/ Spices
- Tree Nuts
IFS Ready – Our analysis packages
The analytical services included in each of the below packages are established through client consultation
and are therefore individually tailored to your products requirements.
*Included in Plus or Premium Package
Introductory advice on the analysis of your product.
We will provide you with comprehensive advice via video conference on the available analysis options for your product. You will also receive a certificate as proof of training.
Consulting & orienting analytics of your product utilising a single targeted method.
In addition to comprehensive advice, the Plus package includes targeted analytics, for example using PCR to verify the presence or absence of an animal or plant species, or other established methods.
Consulting & extensive analysis of your product utilising different or non-targeted methods.
The premium package offers comprehensive testing & assessment of your products. Latest non-target methods are used, such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for simultaneous determination of different vertebrate or plant species.