Bia Analytical: Life in the lab

As Bia Analytical celebrates its first year in business, Dr Maeve Shannon describes what a typical day in the Northern Ireland-based lab is like.

Food fraud – and, in particular, food adulteration – is a growing concern. It is estimated that food fraud costs the UK food and drink industry up to £12 billion a year. Foods such as grains, herbs and spices, coffee, wine, honey and fish are among the categories at greatest risk of fraud. There remains vulnerabilities in production, consumption and surveillance in which fraudsters can take advantage. So how can you be sure that what you’re eating is the real thing? Solving this dilemma is where Bia Analytical’s skills in food authenticity testing come in.