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DNA test to guarantee Irish pigmeat

| | September 6, 2012

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A NOVEL paternity test for pigs has been introduced to determine if meat sold as Irish actually comes from Irish pigs.

The Irish Farmers’ Association and Bord Bia have set up the DNA-certified programme to expose misleading labelling. Packaging on items such as rashers or bacon often suggest the meat comes from an Irish farm when in fact it has been imported.

The three-year project involved profiling thousands of boar samples and setting up a database with the DNA of every Irish boar serving sows in the State. Bord Bia personnel will now take random samples of pigmeat from supermarkets, butchers and the food service industry to see if the samples match the database.

View the original article here: DNA test to guarantee Irish pigmeat – Irish Times

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