March 2021

New vegan and Halal PCR tests available

Thermo Fisher Scientific has expanded its existing RapidFinder™ Meat ID Kit range in response to food trends and market conditions

Thermo Fisher has added assays for vegan and Halal testing to its successful Thermo Scientific™ RapidFinder™ Meat and Fish ID Kit range, allowing food testing laboratories to provide confidence in both regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. The real-time PCR-based species detection and quantification solutions fit seamlessly within existing RapidFinder workflows to return rapid, accurate results while maximizing laboratory efficiency.

The range answers growing concerns over food fraud, which costs the global food industry an estimated $10-$40bn a year and seriously compromises public health and confidence. Complex global supply chains and increased market pressures are leaving sourced ingredients more vulnerable to food fraud, and brands more vulnerable to mislabeling.

As well as the dire regulatory consequences of inadvertently trading in adulterated food, mistakes can also significantly damage brands, business, and the bottom line. This is especially true in sensitive markets, such as Halal and vegan food, where consumer trust may be hard to win back.

The RapidFinder Meat ID range, which also includes kits for detection of beef, equine, chicken and many other animal and fish DNA, provide results that laboratories, manufacturers, and retailers can rely on.

The flexible workflow allows for DNA extraction from samples of up to 20 g, using either a manual or automated procedure for the higher throughput of multiple samples. Identification targets mitochondrial DNA for increased sensitivity and specificity – the RapidFinder Halal ID Kit, which tests for pork, recording a market-leading sensitivity rate of 0.0005%.

After detection, the RapidFinder Quant Multi-Meat Sets provide same day, accurate quantification via qPCR. An internal amplification control (IAC) is included in each PCR reaction to rule out the false negatives sometimes associated with food stuffs that can prevent PCR from occurring effectively. The new assays follow the same sample preparation and PCR procedures as other RapidFinder Meat ID assays enabling them to be run together with existing workflows to maximize laboratory efficiency.

The RapidFinder Meat ID assays are:

  • Simple: real-time PCR-based assay with no electrophoresis needed for simple result interpretation
  • Flexible: compatible with any food or feed sample, both raw and processed, with meat quantification kit available
  • Reliable: incorporates efficient DNA extraction and IAC for added confidence
  • Fast: from sample to result in the same day for rapid test turn around and actions

To see the full range of meat and fish RapidFinder ID tests please visit:


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