chromatographic fingerprinting for the detection of herbal adulteration and herbal fraud in plant food supplements

Last updated on 10-1-2023 by Eric Deconinck

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Plant food supplements (PFS) are gaining popularity in the western world due to the general trend of returning to natural and traditional products, but also the evolution towards self-medication, the questioning of allopathic medicines and the misperception that “natural” and “herbal” stand synonym for “safe” play a role (Rocha et al, 2016). The popularity of PFS resulted in the development of a market offering a wide range of products, representing high profits. Unfortunately, this made these products also vulnerable for fraud and adulteration, especially when purchased via internet, an…

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