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A scientist’s toolbox for food fraud - Dr James Donarski

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Date: Wednesday 9th June 2021 (09/06/2021)
Time: 12:00PM - 13:30PM


A scientist’s toolbox for food fraud - Dr James Donarski


12:00 Welcome 

12:05 A scientist’s toolbox for food fraud 

Dr James Donarski, Head of Food Authenticity at Fera Science Ltd

12:50 Comfort break

13:00 Q&A 

13:30 Finish


Highfield's 2021 food safety conference will be held virtually over 3 days in a series of live webinar broadcasts, bringing together some of the world’s leading food safety experts and organisations.

As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that maintaining consumer trust in food safety is going to be an essential part of the food industry's recovery and growth in the months and years to come. 

Supported by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and RHE Global, this year's virtual conference is aimed at professionals working in food retail, food manufacturing, food service and catering, as well as food safety tutors and environmental health officers.


A scientist’s toolbox for food fraud

The authentication of food to ensure that it has not been subject to fraud is a significant and challenging task. Currently there is not an internationally recognised official definition of food fraud. A generally accepted concept is that food fraud occurs when a perpetrator deliberately passes off a foodstuff that does not meet either implicit or explicit claims. It therefore covers a huge variety of acts, from undeclared addition of water, exceeding fishing quotas, redirection of stolen products, the substitution of key ingredients, and more.

In this presentation, James will describe the analytical toolbox for identifying the most appropriate test methodologies to detect food fraud. Targeted and non-targeted approaches to be presented include the use of data, physical characteristics, DNA, proteins, small molecules as well as elements and atoms.

During the conclusion of his presentation, James will explore how this toolbox may need to expand as fraudsters endeavour to deceive analytical test methods in new ways and touch on the rapid and/or portable tools for their detection currently being researched.


Dr James Donarski, Head of Food Authenticity at Fera Science Ltd 

James is the Head of Food Authenticity and a member of the Food Science Leads at Fera Science Ltd, a team of scientific experts in a range of fields relating to food quality and safety.

A Doctor of Philosophy focusing in Chemistry from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, James has a background in analytical chemistry, authenticity determination, non-targeted analysis, and small molecule structure elucidation.

At Fera Science, James oversees the science of the authenticity and profiling team, which comprises experts in the fields of stable isotope analysis; high resolution mass spectrometry; high field nuclear magnetic resonance; and proteomics. Currently, his primary research interests are identification of biomarkers and where applicable, the subsequent development of rapid and/or portable tools for their detection.


Attendees on this webinar will receive a CPD certificate worth 2 CPD points. 

Plus, every conference attendee will receive a FREE place on Highfield's Training solutions for a changing world webinar 14:30 - 16:00 on Thursday 10 June! 

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