What species do you need to authenticate?
Oceana conducted one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world to date, collecting more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to determine if they were honestly labeled. DNA testing found that one-third (33 percent) of the 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
While there exists many tests to get DNA information form samples shipped to a central lab, we have developed a true field test that can be used for live results where fish is transacted. From sampling to resist takes about 30 minutes and can be done by a normal person, not skilled in laboratory work.
The technology platform that we have put in place allows to quickly develop and implement a field test for almost any species.
Since the tests are based on RNA, the sample needs to be fresh, or frozen fresh.
As a bonus, since we indirectly detect freshness, we can also report on a relative freshness scale up to 48 hours after harvest. After 48 hours, detectable levels of RNA are too low.
Please let us know what you need and we'll go from there!