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Emerging Analytical and Sample Preparation Methods in Food Safety Analysis

Call for Papers

Many bioactive constituents presented in food have perceived benefits to human health. At the same time, the great majority of people experienced a foodborne disease from food contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins, and chemicals. Food can become contaminated at any point during production, distribution, and preparation. Modern consumers show preference to products that they ensure their quality and authenticity. For these reasons, food safety increased the number of samples to be analyzed over the food chain. State-of-the-art technologies are used for the controlling food quality at different level of its production.

The control measures ensure food safety and include chemical analysis of possible contaminants in a great variety of samples; moreover the complicated structural diversity of analytes calls for the state-of-the-art analytical methods. The conventional analytical methods used for analyzing contaminants in foods require complex protocols of sample treatment; in fact, they are usually multistep processes based on exhaustive extraction of analytes from the matrices and the subsequent removal of coextracted components (interferents) by different clean-up techniques, prior to instrumental analysis. These methods present notable drawbacks, which are expensiveness in terms of time and material consumption, introducing potential errors, and use of large amounts of organic solvents that are toxic for the environment and for humans, and also the sample throughput is too low to meet the current concerns of food safety and the public health protection. Therefore, in order to reduce the time of analysis and get more reproducible and accurate results, the development of nonconventional samples preparation techniques or novel alternative techniques that are fast, environmentally friendly, less expensive, and amenable to automation for online treatment is necessary.

We intend to invite authors to submit original research and review articles on exploring analysis for food safety in this special issue.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Alternative methods, tools, or techniques for food analysis
  • Analysis of bioactive constituents in food
  • Methods for the authenticity and traceability of food
  • Methods for detection of untargeted toxic compounds
  • Analysis of xenobiotic in food
  • Development of analytical techniques for food safety
  • Bioactive compounds recovery from food industry by-products
  • Characterization of food matrices
  • Fast analytical methodologies for industrial organic pollutants
  • Fast analytical methodologies for pharmaceutical residues antibiotics steroids
  • Analytical methods for coccidiostat or marine biotoxins

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Manuscript DueFriday, 29 September 2017
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 22 December 2017
Publication DateFriday, 16 February 2018

Lead Guest Editor

  • Luca Campone, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy

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