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16th June 2015  Content supplied by: Eurofins Scientific Group

Meat Speciation Service Can Identify up to 21 Species on One DNA Chip

Eurofins Scientific has launched a novel analytical method based on DNA chip technology which enables simultaneous detection and identification of up to 21 animal species1 in feed and food products.

Following the horsemeat crisis in 2013, identification of animal species in food products has become a major concern for the feed and food industry in Europe. Existing analytical methods for the detection of single species are no longer sufficient to meet the current supply chain requirements, such as verifying that product composition not only complies with relevant regulations, but is also entirely consistent with the claims on the label, and ensuring the absence of undesired species in the product (e.g. horsemeat in beef, or ruminants in animal feed).

The molecular biology testing unit of Eurofins' flagship laboratory in Nantes has developed an innovative DNA chip testing method to expand the scope of analysis to multiple species in different food and feed matrices.

Using mitochondrial DNA2 targets, the chip technology enables sensitive and reliable detection at low thresholds (0.1%) with a short turnaround time (5 working days from sample reception). With this fully-accredited3 test, specific and cost-effective detection of a large panel of species is now possible.

The modular concept of the technology allows the identification of up to 21 meat species, according to customer needs, with only one test. The method has been specifically developed for meat and complex and/or processed food, as well as animal feed and pet food. With this new qualitative test, Eurofins provides unparalleled testing services for a wide range of species identification, including "species-specific" PCR to detect one particular species and other semi-quantitative tests to determine the proportions of the species contained in the product.

The new meat speciation test is another illustration of Eurofins' capability to leverage its Group-wide competencies to deliver the most innovative analytical solutions for its clients, and maintain its leading position as the leading reference laboratory group for food and feed testing worldwide.

For more information contact: Eurofins Food Testing, Nantes, Phone:  +33 2 51 83 21 00


References: 1. The new screening covers qualitative determination of 21 animal species (14 terrestrial animals and 7 birds):

Canine (Canis sp.), Cat (Felis silvestris), Cattle (Bos taurus, Bos bison), Chicken (Gallus gallus), Equine (E. caballus, E. asinus), Fallow deer (Dama dama), Goat (Capra hircus), Goose (Anser sp.), Hare (Lepus europaeus), Mallard duck (Anas platyrhyncos), Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata), Ostrich (Struthio camelus), Pheasant (Phasianus sp.), Pork (Sus scrofa), Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Red deer (Cervus elaphus), Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), Sheep (Ovis aries), Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)


3. Accreditation scope available at

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Date Published: 16th June 2015

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