New Technology to Detect Fake Whisky

A handheld device that detects fake whisky and wine through the bottle is being jointly developed by the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre and De Montfort University in the UK.

The project is based on a technology that is used to crack down on counterfeit whisky and wine. The technique it uses detects the differences between the characteristics of light reflected from printed packaging.

The technology, which has already been developed by the University of Leicester team for counterfeit medicines, is now being applied to the analysis liquids in bottles.

The project is one of five collaborative research and development grants worth £235,000 announced by the Food and Drink iNet, which supports researchers working in food and drink sector in the East Midlands.