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The development and validation of DNA marker methods for the verification of meat from wild boar
Project Code: Q01129
Central Science Laboratory
Hird, H ; Conyers, C; Allnutt, T
Meat from wild boar is considered to be a premium product due to its characteristic flavour. Wild boar meat therefore fetches a significant price premium and subsequently there is the potential for substitution of wild boar meat with meat from domestic pigs. Food labelling regulations require that the species of meat in a meat product is accurately labelled. A robust method to identify wild boar meat and differentiate it from pig meat is therefore required to enable the verification of both whole meat cuts and meat products labelled as wild boar. Such a method would also complete a suite of exotic and common meat verification tests whose development was funded by the Agency.
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