Food Authenticity testing, Food Adulteration, Food Fraud detection testing, Food testing, GMO testing, Rapid Pathogen Detection Food, Animal Species Identification

Molecular testing for Food & Feed provides industry competent, accurate and timely results for Food Authenticity. DNA Microlab, member of QACS, is equipped and qualified to provide molecular food testing to retailers, supermarkets and producers involved in the food supply chain.

Optimize your food production and development & detect food deterioration with Food Authenticity testing services from QACS. Methods address the FoodFeed, Crops and Beverages industries. For laboratory testing solutions, our highly engaged team of scientists will provide all the necessary information based on your products needs. Contact us – info@qacs.gr – 30 210 29 34745

Food Authenticity testing 

We perform Animal Species Identification via Real Time PCR, the most sensitive and reliable technique available. It is a fast Breed detection method, performed in 24h-48h. The aim of the analysis is to detect and semi-quantify animal origin DNA such as bovine, pork, sheep, lamb, goat, turkey, chicken & horse. The LOD is 0,1% and TAT 3-5 working days.

The usefulness of this tool is detects food Fraud (eg cow’s milk in feta or pork in beef) as well as Authenticity (eg certification of HALAL-VEGAN products). Animal Species detection gives stakeholders the ability to know what is in their products.

QACS provides molecular identification for meat, fish, seafood, plants, herbs and spices using DNA barcoding. We use specific molecular tools to multiply a small part of the organisms DNA via PCR. Then its sequence is analyzed in a Genetic Sequencer to be then compared with others in validated sequence databases such as B.O.L.D (Barcode of Life Data System) and to assign the species name. (5-7 days)

By analyzing and “reading” this piece of DNA containing the organism’s genetic identity, an indisputable “DNA certificate” of the species of the organism is obtained. In this way, the product or raw material acquires a “seal of authenticity” and the producer or distributor is protected from counterfeiting e.g. food fraud detection. This process ultimately increases the products value e.g. the fish fillet is sourced in the country it claims to be from, or the product has not been replaced with a product of inferior quality.

Organism profiling using Next Generation sequencing (NGS analysis) is used to identify any organism that is contained at the species level in biological mixtures like sausages, pizzas, cheeses, herbs, spices or pies. As a result, the proportion of every organism is given.

NGS innovative methodology with high sensitivity and specialization allows the detection of the organism’s profile contained within a sample, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The NGS food Authenticity method is used by large foreign food companies to control suppliers, production and  products. TAT 30 working days.

A high-performance, spectral imaging system with a range of applications, the Videometer, is ideal for image and statistical analysis of food. A “photograph”, taken at 18 wavelengths, reveals composition, texture, quality and safety information. Multispectral images assist in quantitative measurements of chemical and optical properties. It is applied for the identification of products such as meat and the control of fraud in meat, oil, feed, seeds and other products.

We offer a range of accredited genetic modification tests for soyacotton, corn and for other plant species. The examination of genetic modification presence on seeds, flour, feed and food is crucial for producers who want to verify the product source, fulfill labeling requirements and comply with regulations (EU Regulation (EC) No. 1830/2003 and EU Regulation (EC) No. 619/2011).

DNA Microlab, member of QACS, is equipped with the latest molecular technology, Real Time PCR. Experienced analysts offer results in fast turnaround times and at competitive prices.

Food must be free of pathogens and comply with food regulations to ensure consumer safety. DNA Microlab, member of QACS, provides molecular testing solutions for Quality ControlContaminant Detection and Microbiological Surveillance of finished products, air and surfaces in order to avoid spoilage of food products leading to costly product recalls. Microbial identification via DNA analysis, the most accurate and reliable method of identification is used to detect Salmonella spp, Listeria spp, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella.

Why choose Food Authenticity testing 

Increasing consumer awareness, high food fraud cases and frequent product recalls, have made food labeling crucial to product success & longevity. Examples of Food fraud includes sabotage and incorrect labeling with the latter leading to food recalls worldwide. Furthermore advertising, presentation, quality and safety are all substantiated by food authentication testing. Molecular Food Testing resolves religious, fraudulent and label issues for all food types and products. Frequent food fraud examples include Meat and Meat products, Fish & seafood, Milk, Spices, Herbs, Olive oil, Honey and packaged products.

For more information on Food Authenticity testing contact us –  info@qacs.gr – 30 210 29 34745