Fraud in highly appreciated fish detected from DNA in Europe may undermine the Development Goal of sustainable fishing in Africa

Carmen Blanco‑Fernandez, Alba Ardura, Paula Masiá, Noemi Rodriguez, Laura Voces, Marcelino Fernandez‑Raigoso, Agustín Roca, Gonzalo Machado‑Schiaffino, Eduardo Dopico and Eva Garcia‑Vazquez Abstract: Despite high effort for food traceability to ensure safe and sustainable consumption, mislabeling persists on seafood markets. Determining what drives deliberate fraud is necessary to improve food authenticity and sustainability. In this study,…

Labels on seafood products in different European Countries and their compliance to EU legislation

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Simona Paolacci, Rogério Mendes, Regina Klapper, Amaya Velasco, Graciela Ramilo-Fernandez, Marta Muñoz-Colmenero, Tavis Potts, Sandra Martins, Solene Avignon, Julie Maguire, Enrique De Paz, Martin Johnson, Francoise Denis, Miguel A. Pardo, Dee McElligott and Carmen Gonzalez Sotelo Abstract: The increasing consumption of seafood products raises concerns over their sustainability and the conservation of marine…

Analysis of added phosphates in hake fillets by ion-exchange chromatography: A case study of false positives induced by nucleotides coelution

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Bárbara Teixeira and Rogério Mendes Abstract: This study aimed to optimize an ion-exchange chromatography method for an accurate quantification of phosphates. Coelution of nucleotides was detected following the quantification of small amounts of di- and trimetaphosphates in hake fillets. In some samples, triphosphates were added to the glaze ice, therefore, defrosting waters (glaze…

A future for seafood point-of-origin testing using DNA and stable isotope signatures

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Marine Cusa, Katie St John Glew, Clive Trueman, Stefano Mariani, Leah Buckley, Francis Neat and Catherine Longo Abstract: Demand for seafood products is increasing worldwide, contributing to ever more complex supply chains and posing challenges to trace their origin and guarantee legal, well-managed, sustainable sources from confirmed locations. While DNA-based methods have proven…

A New Rapid Method for the Authentication of Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) in Seafood Products Using Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) and Lateral Flow Assay (LFA)

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Amaya Velasco, Graciela Ramilo-Fernández, Françoise Denis, Luís Oliveira, Peter Shum, Helena Silva and Carmen G. Sotelo Abstract: The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a highly valued cephalopod species which is marketed with different grades of processing, such as frozen, cooked or even canned, and is likely to be mislabeled. Canned Octopus Some molecular…

FISH-FIT – Virtual Workshop

FISH-FIT – Virtual Workshop 07 October 2021 SAVE THE DATE! The control of seafood authenticity is an important prerequisite to combat illegal fishing, consumer deception and food fraud, which represent a serious risk to the economic development of the marine sector in the North Atlantic region. The verification of the correct and mandatory labeling of…

SYBR-Green real-time PCR assay with melting curve analysis for the rapid identification of Mytilus species in food samples

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Ane del Rio-Lavín, Elisa Jiménez and Miguel Ángel Pardo Abstract: Mytilus spp. mussels are one of the most commonly cultivated species in the European Union, being M. galloprovincialis, M. edulis and M. chilensis the main species marketed here. Therefore, the identification of this seafood species is critical for labelling, traceability and food safety…

Quality of frozen hake fillets in the Portuguese retail market: A case study of inadequate practices in the european frozen white fish market

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Rogério Mendes, Helena Silva, Patrícia Oliveira, Luís Oliveira and Bárbara Teixeira Abstract: The overall quality of frozen hake fillets in the Portuguese market was evaluated. Physical, biochemical, microbiological, and sensory analysis in 20 brands revealed several non-conformities. Hake was identified in 19 brands, although two mislabeled the species. Lower net weight than labelled…

Seafood Traceability and Consumers Workshop 2021

The SEATRACES Interreg Atlantic Area project is organising the Seafood Traceability and Consumers online workshop, which will take place on Thursday 17 June 2021 and will be hosted by the University of Aberdeen. The aim of the workshop is to engage consumer-facing organisations about the latest trends and debates in traceability and to advance our…