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Genetic ID’s Animal Feed
and Meat Speciation Tests

Genetic ID has comprehensive tests for detection and identification of animal by-products in animal feed and for the determination of the actual species contained in meat products.  

We offer animal species DNA testing for foods and feed products such as meat, frozen ready-to-eat meals, animal feed, bone meal, fishmeal, fish oil, flavors, gelatin, pet food, porcine meal, poultry fat, spray-dried animal plasma and more.

These tests help customers comply with current European Union, Japanese, US, and other country regulations prohibiting animal products in feed. These tests are also highly effective and useful for species identification of meat products and to detect adulteration of meat products with tissue from other species.

Wide range of specific animal feed tests

At Genetic ID, we have designed a wide range of primer sets and tests for PCR analyses of DNA isolated from animal feed samples. These tests include the following: 

  • Ruminant-specific test-Selectively detects members of the ruminant family by targeting a genetic sequence that is found only in this family, which includes cows, sheep, goats, deer and elk.
  • Bovine-specific (beef) test-Targets a sequence unique to cattle and very closely related bovine species.
  • Ovine-specific (mutton) test-Targets a sequence unique to sheep and very closely related ovine species.
  • Porcine-specific (pork) test-Targets a sequence unique to pigs and very closely related porcine species.
  • Horse test
  • Donkey test
  • Duck/Goose-Targets a sequence unique to the common duck and goose, and that differentiates them from other avian species such as chicken and turkey.
  • Chicken/Turkey-Targets a sequence unique to the common chicken and turkey, and that differentiates them from other avian species such as goose and duck.

NOTE: Other species-specific tests can be developed on request.

Qualitative results and limits of detection

Assays are performed by Real Time PCR using TaqMan® probe based technology. Results are reported qualitatively “species detected” or “species not detected.” The limit of detection of the tests varies depending on: 1. the composition of the sample, 2. the nature of the animal-derived material (i.e. tissue meal versus bone meal, versus blood meal, versus fresh tissue), and 3. the manner in which the animal-derived material has been processed. For instance, animal feed ingredients are often heated to high temperatures.

For more information on Genetic ID’s Animal Feed and Meat Speciation Tests, please telephone our account managers at 888-229-2011 or contact us via e-mail at info@genetic-id.com.


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