Identification of horse meat in food products in the Polish market

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Key words: 

meat, Real-time PCR, food analysis, adulteration, authenticity. 

Summary

Intensive and rapid advance in molecular biology techniques has caused that within barely a few years they found applications in many branches of the science. The emergence of novel research methods has triggered, so to speak, revolutionary changes that exerted an influence in the approach to food analysis. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of applying cutting-edge DNAbased techniques as sources of information in the identification of food authenticity as well as to determine whether a problem exists on the domestic market with addition of undeclared horse meat to other meat products. Furthermore, the study was supposed to answer the question whether despite their pros and cons the molecular methods may be applied in routine control assays in analyses of food products of animal origin. 

dr inż. Wojciech SAWICKI 

West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin Faculty of Food Science and Fisheries Department of Microbiology and Applied Biotechnology ul.  Papieża Pawła VI 3, 71-459 Szczecin, Poland phone: (+48) 91-449-6544 fax: (+48) 91-449-6540  e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.