Neogen Corporation has developed the quickest and easiest tests available to determine meat speciation in raw meat and environmental samples.
US based Neogen's new Reveal tests for horse, beef, sheep, and poultry provide accurate results in just five minutes after water extraction. The new tests can detect as little as 0.5% of the target species in raw meat or raw processed samples, and have also been validated for use with environmental swabs and rinse water samples. The new tests join Neogen's existing Reveal for Pork in the company's simple and quick meat speciation test range.
"We developed these tests to meet the need for quick and easy tests to help prevent the accidental or deliberate inclusion of other meats in raw processed meats, and to validate cleaning following product changeovers," said John Adent, president and chief executive officer, Neogen. "In just minutes, with minimal equipment, a company can protect its brands and assure its consumers that its products are safe and wholesome — and properly labelled."
The new tests follow Neogen's Reveal format which utilises lateral flow test strips to produce easy-to-interpret results.
In both internal and independent testing, the Reveal tests have been shown to accurately detect the target species, including horse, beef, sheep, poultry or pork, in raw meat samples. The tests did not produce false positive results if the samples contained only meat from non-target species.
Neogen's full line of meat speciation products also includes BioKits tests for species identification, which provide sensitive and specific qualitative detection of a range of animal species. BioKits tests are available for cooked pork, beef, poultry and sheep, and for raw cow, pig, sheep, poultry and horse species.
Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company's Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen's Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care and disinfectants.