Food and feed analysis

Wednesday, 13 October, 2004 | Supplied by: bioMerieux Australia

FoodExpert-ID is a high-density DNA chip for food and animal feed testing. The FoodExpert-ID test, powered by Affymetrix GeneChip technology, will make it possible to verify the animal species composition and the authenticity of raw or processed food and animal feed.

By providing rapid multi-species identification, FoodExpert-ID will help to improve the safety of food for human and animal consumption. Changes in food and feed legislation are creating new needs and imposing new constraints on these industries. FoodExpert-ID will respond to these requirements by ensuring accurate labelling and allowing complete traceability throughout the industrial process, from animal feed to the end products released from production sites. The test will help the food and feed industries comply with European and US legislation, by determining the species composition of a product.

FoodExpert-ID, developed by bioMerieux, is a molecular high-density multi-detection test designed specifically for the food and feed industries. Using innovative techniques and providing accurate results, FoodExpert-ID is based on a high-density DNA chip, the GeneChip, which supports 80,000 oligonucleotide probes. FoodExpert-ID can be used to detect 33 different species of vertebrate, and to simultaneously identify animal products present in food and feed samples according to two taxonomic criteria: class (mammals, fish and birds) and species (beef, chicken, salmon, etc). Furthermore, FoodExpert-ID can be used to test raw foods as well as products processed at high temperatures and pressures, as is the case for some animal feed.

The test report generated by the FoodExpert-ID software is based on the unique DNA signature of the product. This report constitutes the 'identity card' of the animal species entering into the composition of the product, thereby providing a tool to ensure labelling accuracy.

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