Gelatine Animal Origin Analysis

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Gelatine Animal Origin Analysis
  • Method Used
  • LOD (level of detection)
    0.05 - 0.5%
  • Standard Turnaround Time
    20 working days

Gelatine is widely used in food and pharmaceuticals, manufactured from predominantly pig and cow, but also from poultry and fish tissue. Gelatine is a protein derived from collagen and is found in a wide variety of foods including confectioneries (gums, chewable sweets, nougat, liquorice, chewing gum, marshmallows), desserts, yogurts, icing, hams, corned beef, canned meats, injection powders/binding agents and stock cubes. It is often added to food products to bind foods, add elasticity or to add texture. Gelatine is manufactured from skin and bone material, mainly from pig, cow and fish carcasses but also potentially from any mammalian or bird species.

Many consumers choose to avoid the consumption of porcine and bovine material, including vegetarians and those of religious faiths which prohibit the consumption of certain species. Gelatine is a highly processed product and as such, traditional speciation techniques such as DNA technologies may not be suitable since much of the DNA is denatured during processing. Fera has developed a High Resolution LC-MS/MS technique which can be used to determine whether a food product or ingredient contains ruminant or pork gelatine to a known detection level. We then use a proprietary database of collagen amino acid sequences from a wide range of animal species to analyse the data against and determine the species of origin of the tested gelatine

The ability to prove and safeguard ingredients in a fragmented and complex supply chain can be difficult. Combined with recent examples of food fraud and the infamous Horsemeat scandal in early 2013, public trust in the origins of food has been in decline. The correct identification of the animal of origin of animal products used in food, pharmaceuticals and animal feed is essential to ensure that these products meet legislative and labelling requirements.

The cost per sample is £329 + VAT and will be included with the quarterly batch programme - dates below.

Quarterly Batch Run Dates (2017 - 2018)

  • 30 June 2017
  • 30 September 2017
  • 8 January 2018
  • 8 April 2018

Samples submitted as a batch of 8 samples can be submitted at any time.

Want to know more about GelSpec - Gelatine Animal Origin Analysis?

This new service is an in-house tested gelatine identification method. Using a large number of peptide biomarkers of animal origin, GelSpec is a more comprehensive method than other published methods. This method is incredibly accurate in identifying the origins of the gelatine using high resolution mass spectrometry to detect minute differences in the amino acid sequence of the gelatine peptides from different species.

Submitting your sample

When submitting your sample please include the food sample submission form to allow us to process your samples efficiently. Failure to send a sample submission form may result in a delay of your sample being tested.

Download the food sample submission form here.



Method Used




Minimum Sample Quantity (Batch Size)

8 (1 during quarterly scheduled runs)

Minimum Sample Weight


Turnaround Time

20 working days

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