Meat species testing and adulteration analysis have gotten a lot of attention since the infamous horsemeat scandal of 2013 in Europe that saw traces of undeclared horsemeat and pork in beef burgers.
This scandal sent shockwaves within the food industry for many reasons, including the common treatment of horses with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug medicines like phenylbutazone, which is toxic and unsafe for human consumption. Moreover, while not all meat impurities may have health repercussions, the mislabeling the beef burgers in this case, also raised ethical, religious displeasure as it tainted the reputation of many halal and kosher manufacturers that assure consumers of the absence of pork in their products.
Immediacy is key to avoid inaccurate, fraudulent or misleading labels of meat-based products hitting the shelves and reaching consumers. While contemporary testing methods such as ELISA and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) often used for routine species authentication, these methods pose limitations especially with regards to speed.
LC-MS/MS: A Comprehensive Approach for Meat Speciation
SCIEX LC-MS/MS solutions provide a comprehensive approach to meat speciation, using the protein markers in the meat sample to confirm the species with high accuracy. Reliable results ensure precisely what type of meat you are buying, selling, and eating. Routine food testing labs seeking to test meat products for authenticity and adulteration can rely on LC-MS/MS to deliver:
- Highly selective to identify proteins and other contaminants with no false positives
- Detect protein peptides of multiple meat species at levels as low as 0.02%
- Reduced sample prep time― 30-second sample extraction
Ensure the Food You’re Eating Is Safe and Authentic
Routine food testing labs are now seeking new approaches to test meat products for authenticity and adulteration to accurately identify present species. SCIEX LC-MS/MS food and beverage testing solutions provide a comprehensive approach to meat speciation, using the protein markers in the meat sample to confirm the species with high accuracy. Reliable results ensure precisely what type of meat you are buying, selling, and eating.