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Geographical Origin of Meat

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Be sure. Reassure.

The recent crisis in the meat sector has made consumers more and more aware of the quality and origin of the meat they buy. Beside species determination, meat traceability is now becoming an important concern.

Additionally, the authentication of the geographic origin is compulsory on products with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), and stricter regulations will be applicable in the coming months (e.g. EU 1169/2011).

In order to help manufacturers and retailers check the declared geographical origin of the meat they purchase, provide clear and valuable information to their clients, as well as comply with European labelling regulations, Eurofins offers reliable control analyses packages, for:

  • beef
  • lamb/sheep
  • poultry meat
  • pork products

Other types of meat may also be analysed on request.

With 10 years' experience in this field, our experts check the declared geographical origin by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).

This method uses the unique properties of stable isotope ratios in meat proteins, which allows confirming a declared geographical origin, based on existing worldwide databases. This analysis is all the more discriminant as the producing area is well-defined and limited in space.

The determination of the main isotopes in meat (13C/12C, 15N/14N and 2H/1H) by IRMS is ISO 17025 accredited in our authenticity competence center and is applicable on raw and cooked meat, either in fillets or as minced meat, from a single animal species. Eurofins can also determine the 34S/32S ratio, which increases the discrimination power.

If you have any questions or would like to receive a quote, please contact Eurofins Analytics France on meat-testing@eurofins.fr

Please read more: Eurofins also offers a DNA based meat traceability sytem (TAG).