Angus is one of the world’s most recognised premium
food brands and commands a premium cost to the consumer. Unfortunately,
as a consequence of its market domination, large numbers of
adulterated Aberdeen Angus products have been distributed
into the red meat market by activities of non-compliant suppliers.
Cell Analysis has discussed the need to develop a genuine
Aberdeen Angus test with organisations such as the Food Standards
Agency (FSA) and the Aberdeen Angus Society. They both agree
that there is a clear need for a reliable, fast and cost effective
method of authenticity testing within the red meat sector.
Working with our partners and using our knowledge of genetics
Cell Analysis set about developing the AngusGenTM
test to correctly identify between genuine and non-genuine
Aberdeen Angus and other breeds such as Hereford. Our partners
supplied Cell Analysis with certified samples of Aberdeen
Angus for research purposes allowing us to develop a genetic
database, which we used to identify specific genetic SNP markers
of the Aberdeen Angus breed.