Identifying possible manipulations at all stages of the meat chain


The problem: Meat is one of the important agricultural products worldwide in terms of volume and value and an important component of the diet. Since the 2013 horsemeat scandal in Europe, more studies have revealed that significant meat mislabelling occurs in various parts of the world. Although the EU Food Fraud Network refers several food law violations related to unapproved treatments or processes of animals or products, the majority of the violations are mislabelling and falsified/absent/manipulated documentation. A key factor in detecting mislabelled products is the availability of suitable analytical methods. WATSON solution: This pilot aims to provide an overview of existing analytical methods, covering all types of possible manipulations at all stages of the meat chain, and to develop and test a methodological framework to detect and prevent meat mislabelling. Analytical tools such as mass spectrometry (with rapid sample preparation and fast fingerprinting methods), NIR, DNA biochip, DNA barcoding and DNA metabarcoding will be developed or adapted to detect selected fraudulent practices along the meat chain.

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Dagmar Br├╝ggemann