The horse meat scandal, or horse gate, from 2013 raised the profile of meat speciation testing to new levels when undeclared meat was found in beef burgers. Improperly declared or undeclared horse and pig meat was found in other processed meat products. Meat adulteration and general food fraud have remained high profile topics today.
Whilst the use of different meat species is not necessarily dangerous to health it raised issues for HALAL production and Kosher production for for whom pork is not acceptable, and for other consumers worldwide who were displeased at mislabeling. In general, the meat adulteration scandal raised numerous questions about the integrity of supply chains and the traceability of meat.
To help food manufacturers and processors protect their brands and label with confidence, Neogen® offers a range of meat testing products to test raw and cooked foods for species identification. With both qualitative and quantitative meat speciation analysis methods, Neogen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help here.