Implementation of Nuclear Techniques to Improve Food Traceability


Producing safe and high quality food is a prerequisite to ensure consumer health and successful domestic and international trade, and is critical to the sustainable development of national agricultural resources. Traceability systems play a key role in assuring food safety. Analytical techniques that enable the provenance of food to be determined provide an independent means of verifying “paper” traceability systems and also help to prove authenticity, to combat fraudulent practices, and to control adulteration, which are important issues for economic, religious or cultural reasons.


This coordinated research project (CRP) will address some of the challenges that developing countries are facing in ensuring food traceability. In particular, it will help laboratories in member states to establish robust analytical techniques to determine provenance of food through the assessment of the isotopic and elemental composition of foodstuffs using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. The immediate benefit to laboratories will be the implementation and application of state-of-the-art nuclear measurement techniques to determine the provenance of foodstuffs. These will complement screening methods to detect residues and contaminants in food to provide holistic food safety systems.


  • Summary Report of the 3rd Research Coordination Meeting, Kampala, Uganda, 26 - 30 October 2015. [Download pdf]
  • Summary Report of the 2nd Research Coordination Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 26 - 30 May 2014. [Download pdf]
  • Summary Report of the 1st Research Coordination Meeting, Vienna, 16 - 20 May 2011. [Download pdf]
  • The final research proposal, April 2010. [Download pdf]
  • Report of the consultants meeting, Vienna, Austria, March 2010. [Download pdf]

Project Officer:

Simon Kelly