San Diego Business Journal

San Diego-based Life Technologies Corp. has developed a test to detect horse DNA in response to the recent and widespread reports of meat contamination in Europe.

The RapidFinder Equine ID Kit, which the company said is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, can find trace amounts of horse DNA in fresh meat.

The company said it collaborated with the Instituto de Medicina Genomica, a Valencia, Spain-based biotechnology company, to develop the test so rapidly.

The discovery of horsemeat in processed beef products sold by a number of European retailers last month resulted in a series of product recalls and drew the spotlight on the food industry’s supply chain. It has also inspired a stricter food-testing regime across Europe.

“As global leaders in food testing products we recognize the importance of public confidence in knowing that the meat on their plate is safe to eat and is exactly what it says on the label,” said Nir Nimrodi, Life Technologies’ vice president and general manager of animal health and food safety. “The RapidFinder Equine ID Kit is fast and accurate and will identify the presence of horse DNA from sample to result in the same day and will provide improved traceability and control within the food supply chain.”

— SDBJ Staff Report