Bia Analytical unleash the dragon with the addition of a new Tarragon authenticity test

August 29, 2023

Tackling Economically Motivated Adulteration

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), member of the sunflower family, is a species of perennial herb which grows in the wild across most of Europe and North America. The species name, dracunculus, means “little dragon,” and is named for its coiled roots.

Known for its distinctive aniseed-like taste, Tarragon finds a multitude of uses in culinary dishes worldwide. Much like other ground dried herbs, Tarragon is at risk of Economically Motivated Adulteration.

Bia Analytical work with trusted partners to address industry wide concerns by developing a robust authenticity test for both the leaf-form and powdered form of Tarragon. This test has been rigorously validated to detect adulterants in Tarragon using industry-leading, cutting-edge spectroscopy and data science-based testing methods.

Spectroscopy combined with chemometric modelling is becoming the most reliable method for adulteration detection in food. This technology enables Bia Analytical to provide results within a guaranteed three working day turnaround time, empowering food producers and their suppliers to make decisions and retain consumer confidence in their products.

Bia Analytical now offer rapid authenticity testing for a number of herbs and spices including black pepper, turmeric, sage, paprika, oregano, garlic, cumin, ginger, white pepper, coriander, thyme, parsley, basil, fennel, cinnamon/cassia, chilli powder, rosemary, mint and saffron, tarragon and common wheat flour – with methods for new food groups currently in development.

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