Horse DNA test for meat products

8 March 2013

Glasgow-based Life Technologies Corporation has developed the RapidFinder Equine ID Kit in conjunction with the Instituto de Medicina Genomica (IMEGEN) that detects the presence of equine DNA extracted from meat samples.

The kit is optimized for its use in all Applied Biosystems real-time PCR instruments.

The RapidFinder Equine ID Kit is available immediately in Europe, Middle East & Africa and via Life Technologies distributors according to local regulatory requirements.

"As global leaders in food testing products we recognise the importance of public confidence in knowing that the meat on their plate is safe to eat and is exactly what it says on the label," said Nir Nimrodi, Life Technologies' Vice President and General Manager Animal Health & Food Safety. "The RapidFinder Equine ID Kit is fast and accurate and will identify the presence of horse DNA from sample to result in the same day and will provide improved traceability and control within the food supply chain."

 The discovery of horsemeat in processed beef products sold by a number of European retailers last month resulted in a series of product recalls and thrown the spotlight on the food industry's supply chain. It has also inspired a stricter food-testing regime across Europe.



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