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Special issue of Molecules

Special Issue of Molecules seeks to explore emerging topics and trends in isotopic techniques and their application to food science from instrumentation, measurement, data‑analysis to novel applications.

Journal: Molecules
Special Issue: Isotopic Techniques for Food Science
Special Issue Editor: Prof. dr. Nives Ogrinc, dr. Federica Camin
Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Food authenticity and traceability

The stakeholder event “Food authenticity and traceability” was organized in conjunction with the project CRP IAEA meeting: “Accessible Technologies for the Verification of Origin of Dairy Products as an Example Control System to Enhance Global Trade and Food Safety”. The event took place on September 7th, 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The main objective of the event was to prepare the basis for establishing a traceability system based on the experience obtained from analysing milk and dairy products. The event was attended by 40 delegates representing government bodies, scientific community, industry and commercial companies.

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Analyzes of stable isotopes in food samples

Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection nominated ORG-O2 department group to be the official laboratory for performing stable isotope analyses of food samples.

On 9.9.2019 Organic biogeochemistry group (ORG-O2) received the official nomination as the laboratory for the official analysis of stable isotopes in food samples by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. It comes on the back of the laboratory receiving accreditation certificate No. LP-090 with the new extended scope for methods in the field of stable isotope analysis of light elements using mass spectrometry. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The Laboratory has earned the designation of an official laboratory as a result of a long-term commitment to providing excellence in analytical measurements. Congratulations!

Jata Emona in the project FrAPI

Students from Jožef Stefan International Posgraduate School and Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana were involved with Jata Emona in the project: FrAPI: Funcional suplements in food and feed: Antioxidation Potencial and the Source that was concluded in July 2019. The main results can be summarized as follows:

  • determination of Antioksidative Potencial (AOP) in various samples: in onion samples, dietary supplements made from algae (different species), in fresh laboratory-grown algae (chlorella), tannins and hydrolysates of egg membranes;
  • development of a rapid method for AOP (microtiter plates);
  • chlorella and its use for cleaning wastewater;
  • characterization of algae dietary supplements on the Slovenian market;
  • development of new products from eggshell residues: creams, dietary supplements for pets.

The project was financially supported by Slovenian and EU Social Founds.

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Advances in Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality

Special Issue in:Food and Chemical Toxicology

Guest Editors: 

Milena Horvat (Milena.horvat@ijs.si)

David Heath (David.heath@ijs.si)

Nives Ogrinc (Nives.ogrinc@ijs.si)

The past few years have witnessed a resurgence in demand for and the development of methods and techniques for assuring the quality, authenticity, and safety of food. Much of this need is born out of major food scandals, globalisation, and the increasing complexity of the food supply chain. Fortunately, this has coincided with significant advances in instrumentation, where isotopic and other techniques play a significant role. Recently The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD for isotopic techniques in food quality safety and traceability, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia organised the first ISO-FOOD International Symposium on Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality held in Portorož, Slovenia (1-3 April 2019). It aimed to highlight recent advances in food safety and quality and to explore the opportunities and challenges ahead.

This special issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology FCT (invites you to join contributors from the ISOFOOD2019Symposium to publish your work (original or review papers) to the peer-reviewed Special Issue on Advances Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality. The issue will focus on food authenticity and traceability, food safety and quality, foodomics, nanotoxicology, metrology and food databases and semantics.

Submission deadline: September 30 2019

To submit a paper to the special issue, please be sure to select “VSI: ISOFOOD 2019”as the article type.


Accreditation certificate LP-090

IAcreditationn the framework of the ERA Chair ISO-FOOD, the Department of Environmental Science, as of 1.4.2019, obtained the Accreditation certificate LP-090 with a new extended scope for methods in the field of stable isotope analysis of light elements more precisely in the determination of the ratios of stable carbon isotopes (13C/12C) in ethanol, and oxygen (18O/16O) in water of foodstuff using mass spectrometry. Accreditation is an important acquisition for the Department and for the Jožef Stefan Institute, since it will strengthen our role in the national metrology system and enable us to enter into the new international projects in the field of food traceability and authenticity.