European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 226, Issue 4, pp 761–769

Tracing the geographic origin of poultry meat and dried beef with oxygen and strontium isotope ratios


  • Bettina M. Franke
    • ETH Zurich, Institute of Animal ScienceUniversitätstrasse 2
  • Stephan Koslitz
    • Haute école valaisanne
  • Fabrice Micaux
    • Haute école valaisanne
  • Umberto Piantini
    • Haute école valaisanne
  • Valérie Maury
    • Laboratoire cantonal du canton du Valais
  • Elmar Pfammatter
    • Laboratoire cantonal du canton du Valais
  • Samuel Wunderli
    • Federal Research Station for Material (EMPA)Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
    • Federal Office of Metrology
  • Gérard Gremaud
    • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
  • Jacques-Olivier Bosset
    • Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP
  • Ruedi Hadorn
    • Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP
    • ETH Zurich, Institute of Animal ScienceUniversitätstrasse 2
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00217-007-0588-x

Cite this article as:
Franke, B.M., Koslitz, S., Micaux, F. et al. Eur Food Res Technol (2008) 226: 761. doi:10.1007/s00217-007-0588-x


Two promising isotope ratios, the δ18O of the water fraction, as extracted by azeotropic distillation, and the 87Sr/86Sr of the ash fraction were tested for their applicability to determine the geographic origin. In two sampling phases, in total 78 fresh poultry breast meat and 72 dried beef samples, independent from each other and originating from different countries, were analysed. The δ18O was measured with isotope ratio mass spectrometry and the isotope abundance ratio of 87Sr/86Sr with a multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. With δ18O it was possible to distinguish (< 0.001) poultry and dried beef samples according to their country of origin. The beef data suggests that the procedure of processing is of only low additional influence on δ18O and, if so, it seems to reduce the initial between-country differences. The 87Sr/86Sr ratio did not give sufficient indications for differentiation by geographic origin in either poultry meat or dried beef in the smaller, first phase, data set and was therefore not further tested.


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