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New meat speciation service receives full accreditation

15 Jan 2014
Tags:  Food
LGC, the UK’s designated National Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food and feed, is pleased to announce ISO17025 (UKAS) accreditation for its new, cost-effective, multi-speciation service for raw and processed meats and meat products. 
A year ago this week, the horsemeat scandal exposed the presence of various species in both raw and processed meats sold across the UK. Consequently, meat speciation testing, to accurately determine the presence of a range of species in various meats, has become increasingly important in tackling food fraud. LGC’s development of a fast and cost-effective meat speciation service is an important step in keeping food fraud under control. 

Victoria Moore, LGC’s Specialist DNA Scientist commented, “The service has been successfully developed with the knowledge and expertise of LGC’s scientists from a wide range of disciplines. The accreditation is great recognition for a speciation service that enables us to provide a determination of presence / absence of each species to a specified detection level. The service currently covers Beef, Pork, Horse, Lamb, Turkey and Chicken but we have further species in the development process.”
The speciation service utilises LGC’s patented PCR-based KASP™ genotyping technology , enabling extremely high levels of assay robustness and accuracy across a wide range of food samples. By utilising a high throughput platform, we are able to provide cost-effective testing solutions.

For further information on the service contact us at