To address the growing global concern around economic adulteration
and food fraud, and to complement its fast and accurate test kits designed for use in processing facilities,
Neogen now offers a raw meat species identiﬁ cation testing service for customers in North America at its
laboratories in Lansing, Mich.
The meat species identiﬁ cation service uses Neogen assays to detect adulteration at as little as 1 percent
of mislabeled horse, cow, pig, poultry or sheep meat. Results will be available within 48 hours of sample
“Our on-site tests are the quickest path for most processors, but we understand that not all processors
have the facilities and personnel to do their own meat species identiﬁ cation testing,” said Anthony Lupo,
Neogen’s director of Food Safety Technical Services. “Food processors can use this convenient service to
verify the integrity of their supply chains or support certiﬁ cate of analysis data to protect their customers
from the adulteration of meat products with undeclared animal meats.”
Species identiﬁ cation also helps ensure animal tissue containing restricted veterinary drugs don’t make
their way into the consumer food chain. For example, the anti-inﬂ ammatory drug phenylbutazone often is
used in horses, but is banned in food animals because it can cause severe health problems in humans.
Neogen has offered meat species identiﬁ cation services for European customers from in its location in Ayr,
Scotland for a number of years, but has recently seen a spike in activity related to the horsemeat scandal
in Europe. Neogen is in the unique position to offer products that cover food safety, security, and defense
through its speciation and adulteration detection products. “Food defense” describes threats to consumers
by deliberate or malicious adulteration of food.
Neogen’s on-site meat species identiﬁ cation tests include F.A.S.T. (Food Analyte Screening Tests), which
are immunostick assays that provide clear visual results in about 30 minutes. The company also offers the
BioKits product line for species identiﬁ cation using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), which
provide sensitive, speciﬁ c qualitative detection for a range of raw and cooked animal species.
Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal
safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits
to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation