Product Authenticity

Guaranteeing the authenticity of your products is an essential part of complying with legislation. Checking the authenticity of your products can be crucial to the development of a 'due diligence' defence and can protect you from negligence or fraud in your food supply chain.

We offer a range of services which can help you confirm the authenticity of your ingredient or product including meat & fish species identification, commodity and speciality oils, gmo testing and genotyping.

Species Identification

We are able to identify a wide range of meat and fish species in your raw and processed foods using the latest DNA based techniques.

Our analysis can be used to help you to:

  • Identify adulteration of meat or fish species in a large range of raw or processed foods
  • Identify a foreign material of animal origin in food
  • Validate the source of milk in dairy products such as cheese (cow, buffalo, sheep and goat)
  • Validate the species of tuna (skipjack, yellow fin big eye etc)
  • Verify the origin in finished product (fish or meat e.g. cod or haddock, beef or sheep)

For help with species identification or further information on our service, please contact our Customer Services Team who will be happy to help you on 0118 9184076 or

Download Meat Speciation Testing 2013 - RSSL PCR Methodology Information

    Commodity and Speciality Oils

    product authenticityThe market for premium oils has grown rapidly over recent years and these oils can be subject to adulteration with a variety of cheaper oils.  It is also possible that oils can become contaminated with other during manufacturing, processing and transportation.

    Checking the authenticity of oils used or supplied by you can be crucial to the development of a due diligence defence and can protect you from fraud.

    Our Lipids Laboratory has considerable expertise in detecting the adulteration and contamination of commodity and premium oils.  We are one of the few laboratories that can perform the chemical methods of analysis required to authenticate olive oil to the EC Commission Regulation No 2568/91 and amendments.

    Other oils include borage, evening primrose, sesame, almond and walnut.

    Basmati Rice

    rice authenticityWe have developed a reliable DNA screening method for identifying adulteration of basmati rice.

    The EU Commission Regulation 1549/04 includes nine basmati varieties: Basmati 370, Taraori, Kernel, Pusa Basmati, Basmati 217, Dehradun (Type 3), Basmati 386, and Super Basmati.

    Other basmati rice varieties approved by India, Pakistan, and the UK include Basmati 198, Basmati 385, Haryana Basmati, Kasturi, Mahi Suganda, and Punjab Basmati.

    Our method is:

    • Designed to validate the presence of >93% basmati rice based on the UK Code of Practice (Oct 2005) following the EU Regulation 1549/04
    • Validated for all of the commercially available varieties of basmati rice
    • Designed to give your suppliers and consumers confidence in the accuracy of your product labelling
    • Able to differentiate between true basmati and basmati-like varieties
    • Able to test samples that are labelled as comprising of a single basmati variety, and verify whether or not that basmati rice variety is present
    • A robust and reliable means of authenticating your suppliers 
    • Based on the recent FSA guidelines for basmati rice testing
    • Designed using the latest technology (PCR, lab on a chip and microsatellite analysis)


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