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InstantLabs Atlantic and Coho Salmon SpeciesID Test Kits

InstantLabs have expanded its SpeciesID product line by offering DNA-based tests for Atlantic and Coho salmon.  InstantLabs SpeciesID™ tests provide accurate DNA verification in under two hours.

The launch of the salmon test kits highlights InstantLabs’ efforts to meet market demand by expanding the affordable, simple-to-use InstantID™ product line. The company already offers kits to identify Atlantic Blue Crab, pork and horse meat.  InstantLabs’ system gives food wholesalers, processors and inspectors a fast and reliable option for product tests.

The two new products were created in partnership with the University of Guelph, an international leader in agricultural and food science. The InstantID™ test kits for Atlantic (Salmo salar) and Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) are the first of four salmon assays planned for release during 2015.  InstantLabs will launch InstantID™ for Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) salmon later this year.

Expanding its presence in the high-demand seafood market, the Baltimore-based manufacturer of the Hunter® system expects to also release InstantID™ kits for snapper, catfish, grouper, and tilapia.

“Producers, wholesalers and government entities needs robust tools to combat seafood fraud,” said Steven Guterman, chief executive officer of InstantLabs. “InstantLabs’ real-time PCR testing systems and reagent kits can become an integral part in a testing program to verify labeling accuracy.”

InstantLabs’ Hunter® Real-Time PCR instrument combines accuracy, speed, and ease-of-operation into a compact portable system. The Hunter® system is designed for use at points-of-need to detect and analyze a wide variety of food samples by targeting DNA.   Results delivered quickly allow seamless integration into food industry firms’ processes and facilities.

InstantLabs® identification tests are designed for use on the Hunter®, a real-time PCR system developed by the company, and are also available for use with other PCR instruments.

Seafood industry reports continue to highlight concerns about fraud, species substitution and consumer preferences to use sustainable fish stocks. Approximately one-third of all fish sold in the U.S. was mislabeled, reported a recent survey from Oceana.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identifies a range of lower valued fish regularly substituted for 20 higher-priced species.  InstantLabs will provide critical tool sets needed by the industry to ensure the integrity of the supply chain.

     
Tags: Meat Speciation

Date Published: March 30, 2015

Source article link: InstantLabs
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