Consumers today want to be sure about the quality and origin of the foods they eat. To protect our customers in the food and food-supply chain from fraud and brand damage, Mérieux NutriSciences offers advanced methods of food authenticity testing.
Recent events have shown that there were numerous incidences of fraud in the food chain. The food industry was shaken by the European-wide horse-meat crisis in 2013 and the Oceana report on fish mislabelling. Mérieux NutriSciences' premier goal is to protect its customers from fraud and consequently brand damage. This is done by significantly enhancing our molecular biological and immunological capabilities to include all economically relevant species in our authenticity testing programs.
In the report of the European Parliament (Report in the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof (2013/2091INI)), the top ten adulterated products have been identified:
Top 10 products that are most at risk of food fraud
- Olive oil
- Organic foods
- Honey and maple syrup
- Coffee and tea
- Spices (such as saffron and chilli powder)
- Certain fruit juices
Mérieux NutriSciences' authenticity testing program offers a wide range of analysis to identify various brands adulterations using different technical approaches including ELISA, real time PCR, microarray and DNA sequencing. These techniques can help you:
• Identify and quantify the source of contamination in food products
• Analyze the composition of your most complex products
Regarding animal species testing, Mérieux NutriSciences can sequence fish samples to identify the genus and species and identify all major animal species.
• Examples for fish are Atlantic cod, flatfish, halibut, pangasius and tilapia
• Examples for meat are beef, pork, chicken, turkey, horse, goat, donkey, deer and more