Thermo Fisher introduces NGS Workflow to combat food fraud

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Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced the introduction of a new, complete next generation sequencing (NGS) workflow for multi-species screening and identification for food authenticity. This comes after Oxoid Ltd. (a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) and SGS MOLECULAR, S.A. signed a global co-marketing and distribution agreement that enables Thermo Fisher Scientific to exclusively sell SGS All Species ID DNA Analyser Kits and SGS All Species ID Software as part of the end-to-end workflow to the food and beverage market on Thermo Fisher Scientific NGS platforms.


The Thermo Scientific Food Authenticity NGS Workflow enables an untargeted screening approach comprised of five steps to suit the varying needs of food and beverage analysis. The workflow is designed to work seamlessly with the Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument for automated template preparation and the Ion GeneStudio S5 Food Protection Sequencing System for fast run times and minimal handling steps.


Two chip formats and universal SGS Analyser kits also enable multiple library pools across meat, plant, and fish species to be sequenced in a single run, which helps to reduce the time and cost of sequencing experiments. Automated data analysis with the SGS All Species ID Software and curated database results are displayed as a list of any specific meat, plant and fish species present in the sample in less than 24 hours.

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