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User Meeting Elemental Analysis 2017

User Meetings 2017

We got a busy time in Langenselbold during the last weeks. We organized two User Meetings for different customer groups. The goal of our User Meetings is to offer our users a platform for a lively exchange between users from all out of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Furthermore, we offered interesting and useful hints from the experts of Elementar.

User Meeting Elemental Analysis 2017

The registrations to our User Meeting Elemental Analysis exceeded all of our expectations. Even if we got some short-term cancellations, we still were able to welcome 56 guests in our headquarters in Langenselbold. Our guests were customers, as well as interested parties, which are actually (not yet) customers. Thanks to the exciting program with a lot of presentations from the users, we were able to address that many participants.

The main themes were Food and Feed Analysis, Fuel Analysis, as well as Chemical and Pharmaceutical Analysis. The program also covered guest presentations regarding the topics preparation of solid samples and sample weighing from Dr. Roland Tiemens from Mettler-Toledo and Holger Brecht from Fritsch. Here is a short overview of the main program:

  • CHNOS elemental analysis as complementary analysis technique for the chemical industry
  • CNS elemental analysis for the characterization of soil, animal and plant samples
  • elemental analysis as complementary analysis technique for chemical researches
  • nitrogen analysis with Dumas compared to the Kjeldahl method
  • Best practices sample preparation and weighing
  • Instrument demonstration, trouble shooting and application advice

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User Meeting TOC-determination in solid samples 2017

The new DIN regulatory DIN 19539 (Temperature-dependent differentiation of the total organic carbon) caused an increase of the information needs regarding the field of TOC-differentiation in solid samples – because of that, we organized a specialized User Meeting for that topic. We got 30 guests, what proofs that the information needs are actually very high in this sector.

Most of the presentations were again held by our guests. Furthermore, one highlight of the event was the presentation from Dr. Volker Linnemann from RWTH Aachen University: He is THE specialist for the new DIN regulatory. This enabled exciting discussions and an active knowledge transfer, which was highly appreciated by everybody. Here is a short overview of the main program:

  • Background knowledge and insights of temperature-dependent differentiation of carbon fractions in solids and soils (DIN 19539)
  • Effect of TOC in fertilizers and for the transport of pollutants
  • C/N analysis for waste management
  • Temperature-dependent differentiation of nitrogen fractions
  • Optimization of the analysis accuracy / Best practices determination of TOC in solids
  • Instrument demonstration, trouble shooting and application advice

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The conclusion out of the two User Meetings: The good mixture of the program with user presentations, external speakers and presentations from elementar was the key to success. Of course, we also did our best to organize a comfortable and enjoyable framework program – after a long day with a lot of information, its nice to have some fun in the evening. :)

We would like to thank all who supported us with an own presentation! Only because of you we were able to organize such a varied and exciting event. We hope, that we could welcome you and all the other guests again for the next User Meetings in 2019.

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Infographic: Do we care about the origin of our food?

Elementar specialises in determining the true origin of food by exploring its unique isotope signature. We know there is high demand for such information through our work with industry specialists and academic researchers, but also wished to decipher whether there is similar demand among the general public. We therefore asked: “Do people care about the origin of their food?”

Our survey of more than 800 people found that both the origin of food and the accuracy of food labelling are indeed very important to today’s consumers. We found that an overwhelming 84% of shoppers check where their food comes from either ‘all’, ‘most’ or ‘some’ of the time, with two-thirds (66%) either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ concerned about the origin of their food. More than two-thirds (68%) said that the origin of products is either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ important in influencing their buying decisions.

We have collated our findings in the infographic below. The infographic highlights both the importance of knowing the true origin of a food product and the importance of correct product labelling. It also provides information on how at Elementar we use stable isotope analysis to trace the true origins of a wide range of products, including fruits, vegetables, meats and wines.

Infographic Food Origin and Stable Isotope Analysis

Fighting against food fraud

As the supply chains that deliver food stuffs to our doors grow ever more complex, it becomes more difficult to ensure that we can trust those foods. The most recently revealed cases of food fraud, published in a press release by Europol from April 25th 2017, show the extent of criminal activities in the food sector: 9 800 tonnes, over 26.4 million litres, and 13 million units/items were seized during the operation “OPSON VI”, a joint Europol-INTERPOL operation targeting counterfeit and substandard food and drink in 61 countries.

The operation revealed numerous offenses, for example the production and distribution of fake wine in Italy. In this case, the inferior product was sold as a famous and protected red wine (Protected geographical indication of origin). In Denmark, analyses of virgin olive oils revealed several cases of adulteration, in which the product was blended.

This alarming news explain why consumers are getting more and more worried about food origin and food quality. We at Elementar have more than one solution to monitor food quality: On the one hand, there is the N-protein analysis which determines the protein content of the sample. This value gives an indication on the quality and thus the price of many products. Our “exceed” products lead the technology and the market.

On the other hand, there is stable isotope analysis, which is a technique that can be used to determine the true origin of a food or drink product and to verify its authenticity. This helps to highlight adulteration and any mislabeling of premium or protected foods, and works by evaluating the unique isotope ratio of a foodstuff to determine its origin. Stable isotope analysis with our isoprime visION and isoprime precisION products can therefore play an important role in ensuring consumers are able to trust the food they eat and, essentially, helps to guarantee the public’s safety.

 

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