Advances in Authenticity Testing for Meat Speciation Chapter uri icon


  • Nowadays, and particularly after the horse meat scandal in Europe, consumers are increasingly aware of the problem of food adulteration and consequently demand clear and reliable information about the composition of foods they are buying and eating. Meat, a highly appreciated premium source of protein, is among the foods most prone to suffer adulteration for economic gain. According to EU legislation laying down the general principles and requirements of food law (European Commission, 2002) and EU labeling regulations (European Commission, 2001), meat products should be accurately labeled regarding their species content, with food adulteration and misleading information being considered illegal. However, because of its high demand and value, frauds in the meat industry and retail markets have become a widespread problem, especially in ground and comminuted meat products.

publication date

  • 2016