The range of stable isotope analysis offered at IT2 has many applications for food testing and adulteration. Stable isotope analysis provides a tool for testing the quality, authenticity, origin, and composition of the foods we consume. These applications are widespread and can include: determination of the environmental conditions under which the plants used in our food and beverages are grown; determination of the specific region from which an ingredient was taken; and the methods from which our food and beverages are produced. These applications provide both consumers and suppliers with a tool to verify a foods authenticity, while offering protection from fraudulent labeling or packaging claims.
Examples of analyses offered at IT2, that are useful for food testing include: 18O and 2H analysis of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, δ13C analysis of carbohydrates, and δ13C and δ15N in various plants and animals.