SGS’ All Species ID service helps food manufacturers improve food authenticity, traceability and safety with next-generation sequencing (NGS).
NGS analysis is a new and fast solution to identify food fraud and verify authenticity, while also improving traceability and food safety. The global industry has long sought a way to improve species identification in complex food samples, and All Species ID takes full advantage of developments in NGS of DNA samples to offer an untargeted test that answers the questions traditional DNA testing polymerase chain reactions (PCR) cannot.
In light of recent food scandals, All Species ID allows you to identify all the species present in a food sample without any prior knowledge of the species to be searched for. This is particularly useful for the detection of potential ingredients and as a deterrent to economically motivated adulteration.
Beyond species identification, All Species ID testing can deliver a truly untargeted test method for allergens. This can minimise the risk of products containing undeclared allergens reaching market, protecting your business and consumers.
NGS is already in use by the food industry. All Species ID takes this to another level, with the most sensitive testing, including limits of detection similar to, or lower than, those for PCR, and the most comprehensive DNA sequence databases.
Testing services and kits
SGS’ specialist molecular laboratories accept samples from around the world, supporting food and feed businesses to identify all the species present in food and feed samples, as well as pathogens and allergens. For organisations with in-house capabilities, SGS has also developed a range of All Species ID test kits.
The All Species Meat Analyzer, Fish Analyzer and Plant Analyzer give you the same testing capabilities and access to SGS’ extensive databases of DNA sequences for many thousands of species. Users of the All Species ID test kit benefit from the constant evolution of this new and innovative database as SGS’ competence centre adds new sequences on a regular basis.
Supporting the above services, SGS also provides training courses to ensure your team has the skills and expertise to prepare samples for external testing, or conduct testing and evaluation in-house.