Institutul Național de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru
Tehnologii Izotopice și Moleculare (INCDTIM)

Advanced chemometric methods applied for authentication and traceability of Transylvanian agriproducts

Project financed by UEFISCDI

Project code: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0352

Program: PNCDI III, Program 1 – Dezvoltarea sistemului național de CD

Project Type: Postdoctoral research (PD)

Contract No.: PD 90/ 2020

Project duration: 01.09.2020 –  31.08.2022

Project leader:

Dr. Ioana FEHER

INCDTIM – National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies
Department of Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography and Applied Physics

67-103 Donat St., Box 700, RO-400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Phone: (+40)264-584037, int. 143
Fax: (+40)264-420042

Project abstract

Proof of provenance is an important topic for food safety, food quality and consumer protection, as well as the compliance with international standards, national legislation and guidelines. Quality assurance and methods used to authenticate foodstuffs are of great interest from both commercial and legal point of view. Fingerprinting techniques are not necessarily focused on the identification of all constituents, but rather on the pattern’s recognition, so-called matrix fingerprint. Up to now, the impact upon mineral and isotopic composition, along the production chain, from fresh raw material to final food product, was poorly evaluated. This project will highlight the usefulness of mineral and isotopic composition as geographical tracers, no matter if the matrix is processed or unprocessed. By starting to implement traceability system of agriproducts, the consumer confidence and awareness are increased, thus motivating the producers to invest financial and human resources in this chain. It can be stated that implementation of traceability concept for Transylvanian agriproducts, represents a win-win situation, meaning that, the local community can benefit from fresh and nutritional high-quality food, and at the same time, support sustainable farming in the region.


The objective of AGRICHEM project is promoting the Romanian agriproducts, with a special focus on Transylvanian area, by highlighting the most important characteristic markers of local products (wild mushrooms and natural juices obtained from local fruits), in the frame of authentication and traceability concepts.

Specific objectives:

O1. Assessing the elemental and isotopic profile of mushrooms, by using ICP-MS and IRMS, and experimental data processing using classical and advanced chemometric techniques.

O2. Assessing the elemental and isotopic profile of natural juices, by using ICP-MS and IRMS, and experimental data processing using classical and advanced chemometric techniques.

O3. Chemometric models validation and testing, using blind sample, for traceability and authentication purposes.


Dr. Ioana Feher

Project leader

Scientific researcher III
National Institute for R&D of
Isotopic and Molecular Technologies

Prof. Dr. Habil Costel Sârbu


Senior Research
Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering