GM & Food authenticity
Fera uses the most effective and accurate chemical and molecular testing methods to confirm authenticity and provenance of foods, as well as offering up to date advice and guidance on food authentication issues.
Using powerful tools such as stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry, DNA and protein analysis, Fera helps companies throughout the food supply chain to protect product integrity and monitor compliance with labelling requirements such as those arising through use of alternative or genetically modified ingredients.
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|Genetically Modified Organisms||Qualitative and quantitative PCR-based tests with a detection limit of 0.1%||Multi element profiling, event specific tests|
|Food Authenticity and traceability|
|Basmati Rice||Microsatellite analysis||Identifying presence of 7% non-Basmati grain in a sample|
|Meat Speciation||DNA amplification of cytochrome B sequences||Detection of turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant, quail, pork, beef, lamb, deer, horse and donkey matrices in cooked meats, pâté and pie.|
|Fish Identification||Iso-electric focusing||Identification of species from round fish, flat fish, salmon and shellfish families|
|Meat binding agents||Protein mass spectrometry||Presence and identification of species of blood based binding agents, e.g. presence of pork protein in fish and chicken|
|Detection of specific proteins||Protein mass spectrometry||Allergens|
|Geographical origin||Stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) and trace element analysis using ICP-MS||Verification of food provenance, e.g. PDO, PGI labels|
|Corn-fed chicken||δ13C IRMS||Verification of labelling requirments|
|Verification of natural origin of food additives||GC-C-δ13C IRMS||For example flavours, preservatives|
|Alcohol characterisation||δ13C stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry||Source of neutral alcohol|
|Generic food verification systems||1H NMR||Product integrity, QA|
|Product adulteration||Specific natural isotope fractionation NMR (SNIF-NMR)||Detecting addition of ethylene glycol to wine
Detection of added sugars to syrups