Genetic ID Offers Seafood Authenticity Services in Response to Seafood Fraud

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Genetic ID now offers Seafood Authenticity Testing, providing DNA-based identification of fish species, as part of their Food Authenticity Program.

“We understand the challenges that the food industry currently faces regarding food integrity and we are able to employ state-of-the-art technologies to assist in verifying seafood authenticity." says Dr. Heather Secrist, Genetic ID CEO

Increased awareness of widespread food fraud in the fish industry has created growing public concern over the authenticity of fish and seafood products. A large-scale seafood fraud investigation by Oceana, published February 21st, 2013, revealed extensive fish mislabeling throughout the US: 33 percent of the 1,215 fish samples collected were mislabeled.

Globalization of the food supply and the growing complexity of the supply chain have made it increasingly difficult to trace the origin of seafood. Testing to verify the species of seafood helps producers and suppliers maintain consumer confidence in their products by providing evidence for accurate labeling.

DNA testing for fish species identification will become increasingly necessary as concern for public safety heightens the demand for verified seafood product. To meet the demand for authenticated fish and seafood products, Genetic ID includes seafood testing as part of their Food Authenticity Program.

In addition to DNA testing, the Food Authenticity Program’s customized approach offers brand protection through risk management. The risk of seafood mislabeling is mitigated by a process that begins with a thorough examination of product portfolio vulnerabilities and identification of relevant threats to the food chain. The client is guided through an individualized consultation program to proactively reduce the likelihood of a mislabeling occurrence.

According to Dr. Heather Secrist, Genetic ID CEO, the program addresses the need for a system that is flexible, customized, cost-effective, and able to answer the important questions of integrity and safety in the food supply chain. “We understand the challenges that the food industry currently faces regarding food integrity and we are able to employ state-of-the-art technologies to assist in verifying seafood authenticity. We offer this as a stand-alone service and as part of our Food Authenticity Program. With our extensive experience in food integrity testing and consulting, Genetic ID is uniquely suited to provide the services that are required in order to successfully tackle this important issue,” says Dr. Secrist.

Since 1996, Genetic ID has provided the food and agricultural industries molecular biology and microbiology based testing in the areas of:

  • GMO detection
  • Animal and plant species detection
  • Food pathogen detection
  • Food authenticity verification

Genetic ID has been ISO 17025 accredited since 2000. Genetic ID holds the distinction of being the first laboratory world-wide to receive ISO 17025 accreditation for GMO quantitative and varietal screening.

Genetic ID’s Global Laboratory Alliance
Services are available worldwide in the form of Genetic ID’s Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA), a growing network of expert laboratories that provide uniform standards of excellence in testing and contract research. GLA labs help food producers and exporters accurately test products both before and after export, thus minimizing risks of refused shipments and facilitating trade and regulatory compliance. Together with Genetic ID’s corporate-owned laboratories in the U.S. and Germany, the Global Laboratory Alliance has become a powerful force serving the food and feed industry.

For more information contact Genetic ID in the United States at +1-641-472-9979, email: info(at)genetic-id(dot)com.

Genetic ID NA, Inc
504 North 4th St
Fairfield, Iowa 53556 USA
Tel +1.641.472.9979
Fax +1.641.472.9198

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