This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.;2714294;369307;211;0/?ft_width=1&ft_height=1&url=16151650

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.”

More information...

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

Controlling the temperature of food across the whole supply chain is vital to extend shelf life. But how much can be gained by food manufacturers through careful monitoring at all process stages?Full Story...

Article image Getting the best out of PLCs

PLCs are something of an industry giant, so why is there still apprehension when engineering issues arise? Food Processing investigates.Full Story...

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s distribution strategy model

Gently does it

Hygienic drainage for food safety