Detection of processed animal protein: European experience and perspectives
Détection des protéines animales transformées: expérience et perspectives européennes

B M Plouvier, V Baeten, J P Maudoux, E Vanopdenbosch, D Berkvens, G Degand, C Saegerman
2012 Rev Sci Tech Off Int Epizoot  
European Commission Regulation (EC) No. 152/2009 imposes optical microscopy as the reference method for official controls to detect traces of animal protein in animal feed. Since 1 July 2004, the one-solvent technique has been the only authorised variant of optical microscopy. Its detection limit is 0.1% of meat-and-bone meal. Other techniques--using molecular biology (polymerase chain reaction, immunology), microscopy or near-infrared imaging--have been developed in the past ten years to
more » ... ten years to supplement the official method, which has certain limitations. This paper compares and discusses the different techniques, highlighting the strengths of each technique in order to propose a feasible control scheme to improve the sensitivity and specificity of the technique for the detection of processed animal protein in livestock feed.
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