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naSRPS EN 17882:2022

Food authenticity — DNA barcoding of meat and meat products derived from mammals and birds using defined mitochondrial cytochrome b and cytochrome c oxidase I gene segments

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40.60     Sep 29, 2022



European Norm

07.080     67.020     67.120.10  


This document describes a procedure for the identification of meat and meat products derived from mammalia and poultry to the level of genus or species.
The identification of meat species is carried out by PCR amplification of either a segment of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (cytb) [1] or the cytochrome c oxidase I gene (COI) [2], or both, followed by sequencing of the PCR products and subsequent sequence comparison with entries in databases [3], [4]. The methodology allows the identification of a large number of frequently used as well as exotic meat species in foodstuffs.
The decision whether the cytb or COI gene segment or both are used for meat identification depends on the declared meat species, the applicability of the PCR method for the meat species and the availability of comparative sequences in the public databases.
This method has been successfully validated on raw meat, however, laboratory experience is available that it can also be applied to processed meat products.
This document is usually unsuitable for the analysis of highly processed foods with highly degraded DNA where the fragment lengths are not sufficient for amplification of the targets. Furthermore, it is not applicable for complex meat products containing mixtures of two or more meat species.

Related directives

Directives related to this standard.


Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 onofficial controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules


Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products

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