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Europe's battle against the spice pirates

How can we be sure of the quality and authenticity of our spices and prevent fraud on expensive spices such as saffron or powders that can be more easily falsified? 

Our scientists working at the Joint Research Centre's Fraud Detection Unit in Geel do research on spices using state-of-the-art technologies, in some cases using methods similar to those used for police investigations. One of the most powerful tools at their disposal is DNA analysis to certify the quality of spices and counter spice pirates.




Find out more on the Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality.

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