Meat Speciation Testing Market Promises Robust Growth amidst Rising Scandals

According to a recent report by CIPS, there were nearly 2000 cases of food crime in the UK in 2018. The numbers have reached highest levels since horsemeat scandal in 2013. Moreover, over one in five samples tested by authorized government agency found that they were sourced for non-labelled food source, or contained unspecified quantities of meat. CIPS or Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply relied on the data provided by the Food Standard Agency’s National Food Crime Unit or NFCU’s findings. This situation is alarming as despite the high level of awareness created by scandals like horsemeat, adulteration in meat products continues to raise its ugly head. This has resulted in loss of confidence among consumers in the UK. According to a 2018 survey, more than a quarter people in the UK said that they have witnessed a food fraud first-hand. Moreover, nearly three-quarters of respondents believed that there is an on-going major food fraud going on in the UK. According to Malcolm Harrison, CEO of CIPS, it is important for businesses to adapt transparent supply chains with regular quality and quantity checks to ensure that food supply chains are sourced ethically. Among the major problems reported in the findings were food adulteration, falsified documentation, mislabeling, and unlawful slaughter practices. This led to filling of over one third reports in 2018, which stated that the final food products were not safe for human consumption. The changing public perception, and growing adulteration in food supply is expected to drive significant opportunities for players in the meat speciation testing market.

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DNA-Based Testing to Pave Way for New Opportunities The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has launched a new scanning tool which makes use of next-generation gene sequencing to ensure food safety. The system will allow the authority to inspect identification of all the ingredients in food and their sources. The tool will help authorities prevent cases of mislabeling, and downright fraud. The agency tested the tool on 45 plant-based foods and food supplements. The agency found mustard at significant levels in samples taken from supermarkets and health food shops. The agency is expected to focus its attention on possible concerns on high levels of fraud in spice and herb category.   

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