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LGC coordinates international collaborative trial on a method for the quantitation of horse DNA

12 Oct 2015
Following the EU horse meat incident in 2013, where the undeclared presence of horse meat was found in beef products on sale commercially to the public, LGC received Defra funding to pioneer development of a novel method for the detection and quantitation of horse DNA. The recent findings of the illegal presence of horse meat (and other undeclared meat species) in ground beef products for sale in the US, shows that food labelling and authenticity testing continue to be issues of fundamental importance to help ensure international traceability in the food chain.

LGC is pleased to announce that it will be co-ordinating a UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) Collaborative Trial of a real-time PCR approach for quantitation of horse DNA. The published method is based on the Defra/LGC Standard Operating Procedure for the relative quantitation of horse DNA using real-time PCR. The eventual aim of the Collaborative Trial is to propose the method for international standardisation.

The Collaborative Trial will be open to all analytical laboratories which possess real-time PCR capability. LGC is inviting expressions of interest from analytical laboratories to participate in the Collaborative Trial. The expectation is to select up to five laboratories for a pre-trial, and up to 15 laboratories for the main Collaborative Trial. To find out more about the trial and to see how you can get involved, please click here.