Goat speciation screening service offered

The Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) has reported it will add goat speciation screening to its list of services.

The institute offers a range of speciation screening tests, which it said had become increasingly popular after the horsemeat scandal of last year. Fully-accredited to the ISO17025 (UKAS) regulation, LGC offers screening for raw and processed meat and meat products.

The goat screening service uses LGC’s PCR-based KASP genotyping technology, enabling high levels of robust analysing and “accuracy across a wide range of food samples”. LGC reported that its high throughput platform allows it to provide cost-effective testing solutions for processors.

Victoria Moore, LGC’s specialist DNA scientist, commented: “Our meat speciation service has been successfully developed with the knowledge and expertise of LGC’s scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Being able to call upon multi-disciplinary skills allowed us to respond immediately when one of our current customers asked if we could test for goat – and it is now one of our most-requested services. The accredited screening now covers goat, beef, pork, horse, lamb, turkey and chicken, but, in addition, we can also test for more exotic species such as turtle, fox and donkey.”

Most recently, the LGC has been involved in [research commissioned] by Defra and the Food Standards Agency on the cross-contamination of mince meat products and concluded that the carry-over of species was avoidable.

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