Public Analysts Scientific Services announced that it has launched a full service package offering the most comprehensive range of analytical testing for the fish industry including DNA-based fish speciation and all parameters to ensure the overall quality and safety of fish and aquacultural products.
Recent media reports of fraudulent mislabelling of fish and fish products, and following the publication of the results of an investigation by Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, on the 21st of February 2013 revealing widespread seafood fraud in the US, and accounts of similar incidents in Germany.
In light of these media reports, Public Analysts Scientific Services offers a rapid & reliable testing of fish species by PCR-RFLP allowing high-quality repeatable results and fish and aquaculture products testing services to respond to the growing demand across the food chain for authenticity and traceability of fish and seafood products.
The Oceana report demonstrated that one third of more than 1,200 seafood samples collected in the US were mislabelled according to US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. DNA analysis allows both suppliers and consumers to have more confidence in product authenticity and justify market prices, especially of luxury products such as caviar.
Furthermore, DNA based authenticity testing can be used as a tool to protect endangered fish species and to ensure the correct labelling of seafood and seafood products. While the production of fish and seafood from wild catch has remained broadly constant, the increasing fish demand is driving growth in aquaculture, resulting in the fact that aquaculture is the fastest growing animal food-producing sector (FAO 2013). Limited availability of certain fish species may lead to substitution with other potentially less valuable fish species.
The sequences are compared with the most extensive and up-to-date sequence database in the world, the NCBI nucleotide database, allowing the broadest and most comprehensive species determination.
EU regulations prohibit the mixture of different fish species in one consumer product sold. However, the high prices of certain fish species have often resulted in cheaper species being mixed in, somewhere along the supply chain. Mislabelled fish and seafood may in some cases also present health risks as they are sometimes species-specific. Food-borne illnesses and allergic reactions are some of the possible health risks especially for sensitive groups.
Additional to the DNA analysis, testing can be done on the same sample for the broadest range of residues and contaminants including heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, and veterinary drugs, mainly chloramphenicol, nitrofuran-metabolites and triphenylmethane dyes.
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