Meat and Seafood Services

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Meat and Seafood Services


Meat and Fish Identification Services

Processed Meats

Meat speciation of processed
meats

Meat adulteration continues to be a common type of food fraud. To support verification of animal meat species in foodstuff, Fera Science have developed a new method for simultaneous detection of nine meat species in highly processed products: beef, pork, horse, goat, lamb, donkey, rabbit, chicken and turkey. 

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Meat and Fish speciation by PCR methods

Please contact us for full details of our range of genomic testing services to determine species origin of meat and fish




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Beef Authenticity Services

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Isotope ratio - Geographical origin determination of beef 

Fera offers services to verify the geographical origin of beef to verify labelling claims relating to Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) e.g. Scotch Beef. 

This service is based on Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) for stable isotope ratio analysis (SIRA). We are proud in holding the only extensive UK beef database, which has been developed into a web tool.

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Isotopes

UK Beef - Geographical origin to 2-letter UK postcode

We offer services to verify the geographical origin of beef produced in the UK, down to a 2-letter postcode, using isotopic profiling. This is important in terms of supporting labelling claims to test compliance with the claimed production area. This service can also be used to determine origin when unknown. We use Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry along with Isoscapes to support this service. 

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‘Grass fed’ – verifying beef labelling claims

To support ‘grass-fed’ labelling claims and due diligence activities of meat products, Fera offers stable carbon isotope ratio analysis of beef samples (δ13C) for verifying these food labelling claims. 




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Chicken Authenticity Services (Including Egg)

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Chicken – organic versus non-organic determination

To protect your brand, it is vital to support labelling claims. In order to support feeding regime verification, Fera offers a range of analytical services for egg and chicken meat samples, including the determination of organic versus non-organic production. 

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Chicken – cornfed chicken verification

In order to comply with EU legislation governing the marketing of poultry labelled as ‘corn-fed’, chicken must be fed a diet containing at least 50% (w/w) corn for the greater part of the fattening period. Fera offers a service to verify this labelling claim in chicken meat samples.

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Screening for polyphosphates in processed chicken

To aid in the declaration of polyphosphates we have developed a test that detects the amount of 'added' phosphates in chicken, distinguishing between the naturally occurring levels of phosphates and the level of added phosphates. For more information, click below and contact us.

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Prawn and White Fish Label Verification

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Prawns and White Fish: Screening for added polyphosphates 

To aid in the declaration of polyphosphates we have developed a test that detects the amount of 'added' phosphates in prawns, distinguishing between the naturally occurring levels of phosphates and the level of added phosphates. Our established NMR - (nuclear magnetic resonance) based in-house validated test can successfully differentiate between the different forms of phosphates in prawns.

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