Non-invasive detection of adulterated olive oil in full bottles using time-domain NMR relaxometry

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Abstract

A fast procedure using time-domain nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) to detect olive oil adulteration with polyunsaturated vegetable oils in filled bottles is proposed. The 1H transverse relaxation times (T2) of 37 commercial samples were measured using low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (LF-NMR) spectrometer and a unilateral nuclear magnetic resonance (UNMR) sensor. Results obtained with LF-NMR revealed better feasibility when compared with the UNMR sensor, with higher signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio and larger difference in the T2 decays. Principal component analysis (PCA) exhibited tight and well-separated clusters of pure olive oil (OO), pure soybean oil (SO), and blends of OO/SO (adulterated samples). Soft independent modeling of class analogies analysis (SIMCA) classification model indicated that five brands of olive oil commercialized in Brazil were adulterated with polyunsaturated fatty acids, further confirmed by high-resolution NMR. Overall, LF-NMR provided a fast procedure for screening olive oil authenticity directly in the sealed bottles.

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Santos, P. M., Kock, F. V. C., Santos, M. S., Lobo, C. M. S., Carvalho, A. S., & Colnago, L. A. (2017). Non-invasive detection of adulterated olive oil in full bottles using time-domain NMR relaxometry. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society, 28(2), 385–390. https://doi.org/10.5935/0103-5053.20160188

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