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.
The project has initially set out to map Scotland but the system could be rolled out over the whole of the UK, tightening food safety by improving the geographical indexing of beef cattle.
An 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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