Press Coverage

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Press Coverage

2017

Fera Science unveils gelatine identification method

Food Quality News - 30th May 2017

Fera Science has launched a service to find the species origin of gelatine-based products.

GelSpec identifies the origin of gelatine (bovid or porcine) using high-resolution LC-MS/MS by detecting differences in the amino acid sequence of the gelatine protein and comparing it with a database of mass spectrometry data.

Gelatine can be derived from any animal bone and hide material. The species from which it tends to come from, due to cost-effectiveness and demand are cow, pig, chicken and warm-water fish (skin).


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New test identifies the species origin of gelatine-based products

meatmanagement.com - 18th May 2017

Scientific solutions provider Fera Science has launched a new service that aims to help food manufacturers and retailers better understand their supply chain by correctly identifying the species from which gelatine is derived.

GelSpec is the result of 5 years of the service’s development and validation on a range of foods and ingredients, using “state-of-the-art” technology and a database to determine gelatine’s origins.


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Beekeeping practices may cause honey's added sugar

The Grocer - 9th March 2017

One in seven pots of honey in Europe could have been 'adulterated' with added sugar, a new report has warned.

Tests on 863 samples collected in Europe by the European Commission's Joint Research found 14% did not conform to the benchmark purity criteria for honey, indicating that foreign sugars 'may have been added'.


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Bee careful: that Manuka honey may be fake

The Australian - 6th February 2017

Commonly sold in health shops and believed by some to have a wide range of healing properties, the thick, dark-brown honey is supposed to be made from the nectar of bees that forage in Manuka bushes found mainly in New Zealand.

However, any claims to being a health food are not accepted by New Zealand and British officials, and there has long been suspicion that cheaper honeys have been mislabelled as Manuka to fetch higher prices, not least because an estimated 10,000 tons of supposed Manuka honey is sold around the world each year.

New Zealand produces only 1700 tons of the real thing.

The new research was conducted by Fera, a privately run British science agency that has produced the world’s first test able to identify fake Manuka.


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UMFHA tells fake Manuka honey to buzz off

foodnavigator.com - 31st January 2017

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate Manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake Manuka honey was sold in UK markets.

A new method of authenticating Manuka honey using signature compounds has been discovered by UMFHA and Fera Science UK, as they move to eliminate the spread of fake honey being sold.

Adrian Charlton, Fera Science biochemist and head of the food quality and safety programme told FoodNavigator that this new method was more reliable than previous ones.

"Leptosperin is unique to the nectar of the Manuka bush and can only be found in Manuka honey. Leptosperin is a very stable molecule but is not easy to make and add to honey. Dihydroxacetone (DHA) and Methlyglyoxal (MGO) have been used for a long time as indicators of Manuka honey authenticity but these are not good markers on their own as they can easily be added to the honey but are not stable over time."


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Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association discovers unique signature compounds

Retail Times - 24th January 2017

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA), the independent industry body for Manuka honey, has announced that it has validated a number of unique signature compounds found only in genuine Manuka honey. These findings are the result of over five years of scientific research with UK-based Fera Science and other international research contributors. The project was undertaken in response to reports questioning the integrity of some honey on the market labelled as Manuka. Its popularity and limited availability has led to reports of more Manuka honey being sold than is actually produced.


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Test to stamp out honey laundering

The Times - 24th January 2017

It is the secret fear that stalks the aisles of health food shops and the dark heart gnawing at the centre of Gwyneth Paltrow's wellbeing empire: what if the Manuka honey that costs £100 a kilo and can allegedly cure colds and fight infections isn't real?

Manuka retailers are fighting back. Shocked into action by statistics showing mass honey-laundering, they have developed a set of tests to identify the real thing. Fera Science, a UK laboratory, working with the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association, has for the first time identified signature compounds unique to the New Zealand honey, enabling spot checks to identify impostors.


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Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association discovers unique signature compounds

The Grocer - 24th January 2017

Scientists are hailing a "breakthrough" in the fight against fake Manuka honey thanks to a new authenticity test that can establish conclusively if it's the real thing.

Researchers have developed a 'fingerprint' test for genuine Manuka after establishing more than 200 signature compounds that - in combination - are unique to authentic Manuka honey.


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2016

From DNA sequencing and metagenomics to mycotoxins and GMOs at RME

Food Quality News - 23rd November 2016

Novel foodborne pathogen techniques and geographic origin determination methods as well as work from EU projects were presented at Rapid Methods Europe in Amsterdam.

FoodQualityNews was a media partner at the conference which focussed on microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water.


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Combating contamination with innovation

Produce Business UK - 9th August 2016

No one likes to think that the food they have produced has caused death or serious illness – but when working with fresh produce, that possibility is always present. Produce Business UK looks at some of the risks and the innovations that are coming onto the marketplace to mitigate them.


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Fera uses WGS to find OriGen of bacterical contamination

Food Quality News - 2nd August 2016

Fera Science has launched a service using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination.

OriGen takes samples from the product supply and processing chain to establish the source of a contamination and the firm claims it can be accurate enough to pinpoint a single machine as the root cause.


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Fera's new test to detect source of bacterial contamination in foods

Meat and Seafood - 29th July 2016

Fera Science has rolled out a new service for food manufacturers to detect bacterial contamination, as food safety plays a key role in influencing consumer behaviour. Product recalls due to contamination issues are expected to have a profound impact on consumer behaviour toward brands. To address the issue, Fera has launched a new process OriGen, which uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination.


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New service to tackle contamination

FruitNet - 28th July 2016

Fera Science has launched a new service that it claims could help prevent outbreaks such as the recent E.coli case in salad. OriGen uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination, allowing food manufacturers to find the cause of the problem and ensure it is dealt with properly. It is being billed as a key new tool in the protection of the integrity of the UK’s food supply chains.


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New system 'finds the cause' of bacterial contamination in food

FoodBev Media - 27th July 2016

Fera Science has launched a new service for food manufacturers that uses whole genome sequencing to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination in food products. OriGen is described as 'an innovative process' that allows food companies to find the cause of the problem and ensure it is dealt with properly. It is a key new tool in the protection of the integrity of food supply chains, according to Fera.


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UK firm Fera Science launches new service OriGen to trace foodborne bacteria

foodprocessing-technology.com - 26th July 2016

UK-based joint private/public sector venture Fera Science has launched its new OriGen service to allow food manufacturers to find the exact origin of foodborne bacteria. OriGen is a process that uses whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify the root cause of the bacterial contamination in food products, which helps manufacturers deal with the problem properly. The new service collects samples from the product supply and processing chain to identify the precise source of a contamination using WGS.


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Fera Science launches bacterial contamination sourcing product

Horticulture Week - 25th July 2016

Fera Science, which the Government privatised in 2015 and is now owned by Capita, has developed OriGen, which uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination. The launch follows a recent food poisoning outbreak in bagged salad. Research carried out by the insurance firm Lockton determined that the number of food recalls by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2015 grew by 78 per cent compared with the previous year.


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