Life Technologies & IMEGEN Develop Fast and Accurate Full Solution Horse DNA Test for Meat Products
03 Apr 2013

Life Technologies Corporation has announced that it has developed the RapidFinder™ Equine ID Kit in conjunction with the Instituto de Medicina Genomica (IMEGEN) that detects the presence of equine DNA extracted from meat samples. The kit is optimized for its use in all Applied Biosystems Real-Time PCR Instruments.

"As global leaders in food testing products we recognize the importance of public confidence in knowing that the meat on their plate is safe to eat and is exactly what it says on the label," said Nir Nimrodi, Life Technologies' Vice President and General Manager Animal Health & Food Safety. "The RapidFinder™ Equine ID Kit is fast and accurate and will identify the presence of horse DNA from sample to result in the same day and will provide improved traceability and control within the food supply chain."

Life Technologies offers a full solution that includes a horse DNA quantification kit, which is recommended by the EU. The kit comprises:

• RapidFinder™ Equine ID Kit provides all the reagents required for 48 reactions. The detection limit is 0.01% (w/w) in fresh meat and includes a positive control consisting of 0.1% horse DNA.
• RapidFinder™ Quant Equine Set has a quantification limit: 0.05% (w/w) and includes the standard for quantification.

The RapidFinder™ Equine ID Kit is available immediately in Europe, Middle East & Africa and via Life Technologies distributors according to local regulatory requirements.

Along with customized PCR assays and reagents, Life Technologies also provides testing kits for other meat products such as pork, and the RapidFinder™ STEC Detection Workflow is a complete, validated screening system for E. coli O157:H7 and the six non-O157 STECs. This system has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) "Letter of No Objection" and provides meat producers with a simple, accurate, and fast solution for efficiently responding to new screening regulations for these pathogens.

The discovery of horsemeat in processed beef products sold by a number of European retailers last month resulted in a series of product recalls and thrown the spotlight on the food industry's supply chain. It has also inspired a stricter food-testing regime across Europe.

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