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Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 2479–2484 | Cite as

Occurrence of mislabeling in meat products using DNA-based assay

  • Angela Di PintoEmail author
  • Marilisa Bottaro
  • Elisabetta Bonerba
  • Giancarlo Bozzo
  • Edmondo Ceci
  • Patrizia Marchetti
  • Anna Mottola
  • Giuseppina Tantillo
Short Communication

Abstract

Considering that the authentication of food contents is one of the most important issues for the food quality sector, and given the increasing demand for transparency in the meat industry followed the horsemeat scandal in Europe, this study investigates processed-meat products from Italian markets and supermarkets using the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene qualitative PCR identification system in order to verify any species substitution or mislabeling. The results revealed a high substitution rate among the meat products, highlighting a mislabeling rate of 57 %, and consequently, considerable discordance with the indications on the labels, which raises significant food-safety and consumer-protection concerns.

Keywords

Meat products Species identification Mislabeling DNA-based method 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Di Pinto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marilisa Bottaro
    • 1
  • Elisabetta Bonerba
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Bozzo
    • 1
  • Edmondo Ceci
    • 1
  • Patrizia Marchetti
    • 1
  • Anna Mottola
    • 1
  • Giuseppina Tantillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Bari Aldo MoroValenzano (Bari)Italy

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