Prof. Yu-wei Yuan is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Quality Standards of Agricultural Products located at the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China. Prof Yuan’s research is mainly focused on the traceability and authenticity of food products which is an area where stable isotope analysis has proven to be exceptionally useful. Recently in China there has been a rapidly growing demand from both consumers and industry for greater food security after several high profile safety incidents and so Prof. Yuan’s research has become increasingly more important in protecting the public from risk.
In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture authorized a new laboratory called the “Key Laboratory of Information Traceability for Agricultural Product” to be created at Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences under the leadership of Prof. Yuan. To establish the new laboratory, Prof. Yuan was responsible for specifying the analytical requirements to ensure the laboratory was able to keep pace with the increasing threat to food security and as part of that Prof. Yuan chose to use the vario PYRO cube® elemental analyzer coupled to the IsoPrime100 isotope ratio mass spectrometer. This powerful system allows them to characterize 13C, 15N, 2H, 18O and 34S isotopic fingerprints in a diverse range of food and agricultural products thereby allowing unknown products to be checked against a database to prove if a sample is truly authentic.