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Characterization of Agave Syrups

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Apart from its use as a raw material when producing the famous Mexican drink tequila, agave syrup is an emerging sugar source. There is a Mexican standard for agave syrup that provides some information and gives general compositional guidelines for this material. While many parameters are included in this Standard, they are not the most sensitive at detecting the addition of other sugar syrups to agave products. The use of isotopic and other “screening” methods are required as they are more sensitive to adulterations than the conventional parameters. The Critical Assessment of Methodologies used for the Characterization of Agave Syrups is an assessment to learn the different methods to detect agave syrup fraud. 

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