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Spiked Spice: Adulterations In Pepper and Oregano

The global spice and herb market was worth more than USD70 billion in 2022, and is poised for continued growth. However, a concerning practice casts a shadow over this industry: adulteration. This fraudulent practice not only erodes consumer confidence, but also incurs financial losses. Conventional methods for detecting adulteration, such as gas and liquid chromatography, are hampered by time constraints and high costs. As spices and herbs move through the supply chain, the integrity of ingredients becomes more ambiguous as each stage may involve blending of different batches, as well as adulteration with other substances.

A reliable solution is needed at critical points within the supply chain to prevent financial losses associated with shipping costs for subpar ingredients, or discarding heavily adulterated goods.

ProfilePrint offers a rapid solution to address the above challenges. Discover how this AI-powered technology is able to:

  • Quantify the degree of adulteration with an average error of 5%, with minimal sample preparation
  • Achieve average errors as low as 0.80% on ground spices, aligning well with the ISO’s acceptable range of 1-3% extraneous matter
  • Function as a rapid screening tool to detect suspicious samples for further investigation

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