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Eurofins launches DNA testing in UK

09 May 2013

In a bid to combat food fraud, Eurofins, has launched a service package of analytical testing, including DNA based fish and horsemeat speciation testing, at its Wolverhampton laboratory.

The fish industry has hit the headlines following recent media reports of fraudulent mislabelling of fish and fish products and the publication of the results of an investigation by conservationist Oceana, that revealed widespread seafood fraud in the US, and accounts of similar incidents in Germany.

Food and feed testing specialist, Eurofins has announced it offers a rapid and reliable testing of fish species by PCR-RFLP accredited by UKAS allowing high quality repeatable results. Rapid horsemeat detection has also been added to the scope of PCR testing which is processing towards UKAS accreditation. Eurofins Wolverhampton is supported, via the company’s DNA competence centre in Germany which can confirm results by RealTime PCR and DNA sequencing.

The Oceana report demonstrated that one third of more than 1200 seafood samples collected in the US were mislabelled according to US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. DNA analysis allows both suppliers and consumers to have confidence in product authenticity – particularly important in luxury, high value products such as caviar.

Liz Paterson, sales and marketing director at Eurofins Food Testing UK said: “Food fraud is not a new phenomenon but it is now front of mind with the ongoing issues in the meat industry. DNA based authenticity testing can be used as a tool to protect endangered fish species and to ensure the correct labelling of seafood and seafood products.”

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