PCR with food

Dr Kevin O'Donnell odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
Mon Jan 15 06:54:06 EST 1996

> I am aware that this group is probably mostly devoted
> to clinical diagostics but perhaps some may know whether
> PCR is frequently used in species identification (not 
> virus or bacteria, but e.g. for detection of fraudulently
> labelled meat etc.). Any commerical kits for this?

 PCR is definitely used for this purpose 
because I know of one project where someone was using molecular 
marker methods to distinguish the origin of marijuana.  I should point 
out that this was for police forensic purposes rather than any sort 
of quality control scheme of the drug dealers.:-) I don't know of any 
commercial kits though.

> Since MEDLINE is probably not indexing some relevant
> Journals for this topic, do you have any suggestion for
> a source that I should monitor?
The sort of journals you might want to look at are Journal of Food 
Science and Technology, Food Science etc.


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