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Sergeant Pepper On Duty

White pepper authentication now available: A Northern Ireland based analytical lab added white pepper to its portfolio of food authenticity tests based on spectroscopy with chemometric analysis. White pepper, the ripe berries of the piper nigrum plant, is undergoing an additional production step, fetches a higher price than black pepper and therefore is a target for fraudsters. Often, bulking substances like skins, flour, husks and spent materials are used, but in some cases of pepper fraud, the substances used were hazardous for human health.

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Picture Credit Susanne Kuehne

Posted on 30 August 2021