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Animal species testing ensures the quality of products

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Today's demanding market requires animal products to be authentic and genuine. Species determination plays a central role in the regulation of the genuineness and marketability of a product.

During recent years, it has become increasingly important for the trade of products of animal origin that the species type be correctly declared and that this can also be verified. Sensitive procedures for verification of the species type are required-particularly for already mixed and processed products and where ethical and religious concerns (e.g. halal, kosher or vegetarian) play an increasing role.

Our testing services

We offer several methods and reference procedures for animal species identification, including ELISA, qualitative PCR, quantitative real-time PCR and sequencing of mitochondrial DNA.

Relevant products


  • Meat and meat products (e.g. pork, horse or ruminants like cattle, sheep or goat)
  • Fish and seafood
  • Fish meal and fish oil
  • Poultry
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Convenience
  • Baby food
  • Food additives
  • Oils and fats (i.e. fish oils)


  • Animal feed
  • Pet food
  • Raw products

Specific analyses

Eurofins offers a comprehensive spectrum of methods for the identification of animal species. The Eurofins laboratories will analyse varying products such as fresh meat and fish, sausages, cheese, instant meals, canned meat and fish, caviar, dried meat, dietary supplements, gelatine, as well as pet food, pet meal and other human food and animal feed of animal origin.

Numerous types of fish and other sea dwelling species are consumed worldwide. Eurofins can identify the species using different approaches such as DNA sequencing methods.

Why Eurofins?

Eurofins laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that offers the perfect solution for the recognition of species for various products. Fresh, processed and even highly processed products from domestic and exotic animal and fish species can be identified with the use of independent methods like species-specific PCR assays, ELISA antibody-assays or semi-quantitative PCR confirmed by DNA sequencing. Our experts will happily assist you in finding the correct method of testing for your product in adherence to current human food and animal feed regulations.


Please contact our experts in your country for more information about animal species testing.