The application of stable isotope analysis in the criminal forensics brings unique capabilities to the modern-day crime laboratory. Harnessing the power of the unique stable isotope fingerprint makes it possible to determine similarities between different drug seizures and so follow trafficking routes back to their original clandestine source. The same principle can be applied to other criminal materials such as explosives or counterfeit money and goods. Stable isotopes can also be utilized to put unidentified corpses into geographical context by comparing the stable isotope fingerprint of hair, bone, tooth, and nails with known databases to evaluate the life history of the victim.
Revealing hidden information from evidence
The thorough gathering of evidence and information is the key to any criminal investigation. Stable isotope analysis is able to uncover hidden information from a sample and is therefore a powerful tool for criminal forensics. Our AnthrovisION IRMS system provides exceptional levels of performance for analysis of evidence material, from drugs and explosives to samples like human and animal tissues.
Revealing food fraud
Dishonest, profit-oriented practices in the food sector have existed for centuries. Criminal activities include mislabeling a food to pretend that it is of premium or protected quality (e.g. protected geographical indication) or fraudulently adulterating food and drink with cheaper ingredients. These forms of food fraud can be detected by means of stable isotope analysis. For more information on our instrumentation for food authenticity and origin testing, please visit our food authenticity page.