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