How to identify counterfeit extra virgin olive oil

Say goodbye to counterfeit extra virgin olive oil

Starting from today, there will be no need for tests, methods, and tricks to understand whether the extra virgin olive oil has been counterfeited: with Hydra for laboratory the truth comes to the surface!

Hydra for laboratory can now also help the olive supply chain to protect itself against counterfeits. We will show you how this tool is able to detect 2 actual drops of sunflower oil in extra virgin olive oil.

Hydra for laboratory - Caronte Consulting

What is Hydra for laboratory?

Hydra for laboratory is an innovative UV-VIS spectrometer, designed for food processing, with which it is possible to analyze raw materials, semi-finished products and wastes, in order to infer the status of the production process in real time.

It has a very high sensitivity: it manages to identify very small variations in the UV-VIS spectrum, determining the type of variation: from the incidence of the machines in the production process to the presence of polluting or doping substances.

The software allows to determine the spectral differences in multiple color spaces (CIE XYZ, CIE Lab, Hunter Lab, CIE Luv, CMYK, HSL, etc.), indices of divergence between spectral curves and colorimetric distance calculations (CIE76, CIE94, CIEDE2000, etc.). Communication between Hydra and the PC is via a comfortable WiFi connection (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), therefore, it can be strategically placed anywhere.

Caronte Space Color

The UV-VIS spectrum is composed of thousands of points and is very intricate: interpreting it and understanding which frequencies are the most important variations to consider can be a serious problem.

Hydra for laboratory’s software offers the possibility to examine the graph CSC (Caronte Space Color): in this chart, you can see the frequencies where the main differences between the various samples are concentrated.

CSC is an index, therefore, that intuitively represents the differences between the various samples examined and is the result of continuous experiments that Caronte Consulting has conducted together with its customers, identifying with them the best way to make the operator understand how to correctly interpret the spectral differences.