Rapid and innovative instrumental approaches for quality and authenticity of olive oils
Rapid and innovative instrumental approaches for quality and authenticity of olive oils - European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology
The quality of virgin olive oils is assessed through the determination of several analytical parameters, whose values must be within the ranges established by the different institutions involved. In addition to official methods, there is a strong need for simple, rapid, and environmentally friendly techniques for the quality control of virgin olive oils and for addressing the challenging task of determining geographical origin and detecting adulterants. Toward this purpose, some of the most interesting applications based on optical spectroscopic techniques, on the measurement of electrical characteristics and on the use of instruments equipped with electronic chemical sensors, including also other promising techniques are herein discussed. These techniques, adequately coupled with an appropriate statistical approach, appear to be promising for assessment of several quality-related parameters. The prediction of sensory attributes and of the oxidative status of virgin olive oils have also been reviewed by adopting these selected techniques, which are also considered to be potentially appropriate solutions for identification of the geographical origin of virgin olive oils and to assess their adulteration with cheaper oils. Overall, the techniques discussed are promising and cutting-edge approaches for the establishment of useful portable instruments for in situ monitoring of the quality of virgin olive oils.
Valli, E., Bendini, A., Berardinelli, A., Ragni, L., Riccò, B., Grossi, M. and Gallina Toschi, T. (2016), Rapid and innovative instrumental approaches for quality and authenticity of olive oils. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol., 118: 1601-1619.