Isotope Analysis to Ensure Scotch Beef Provenance09 October 2013
UK – Meat procurement experts are calling in three years’ worth of data to assemble a Scotch beef authenticity test involving isotope analysis.
The Foods Standards Agency is to produce a map of isotopic markers by utilising data gathered from the British Beef Origin Project 2007 to 2010, in a bid to improve geographical cattle indexing.
The project has initially set out to map Scotland but the system could be rolled out over the whole of the UK.
A Foods Standards Agency spokesperson said: "This will allow enforcement authorities to blind-test samples of beef to establish if they are from Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
“It will also provide a screening test that will act as a useful indicator of potential fraudulent activity and assure consumers that they can be confident in the authenticity of the products they buy.”
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