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…

A multiplex real-time PCR screening assay for routine species identification of four commercially relevant crustaceans

Christian Brenn, Ute Schröder, Reinhold Hanel, Pedro Martínez Arbizu Abstract: Adulteration or mislabelling of seafood products is a major issue and a problem prevalent worldwide. DNA sequencing-based methods currently used for species identification help to reveal adulteration, but drawbacks like their requirement for sophisticated equipment, which is not available in every food monitoring laboratory, or…

Fish out of water: consumers’ unfamiliarity with the appearance of commercial fish species

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Marine Cusa, Luara Falcão, Joseph De Jesus, Cristina Biolatti, Lancelot Blondeel, Fiona S. A. Bracken6, Lisa Devriese, Sandra Garcés‑Pastor, Styliani Minoudi, Chrysoula Gubili, Pier Luigi Acutis, Stefano Mariani Abstract: Seafood labels play an increasingly key role in assisting consumers in purchasing processed and featureless fish products, and in encouraging sustainable fishing and aquaculture…

Validation of FASTFISH-ID: A new commercial platform for rapid fish species authentication via universal closed-tube barcoding

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Amanda M. Naaum, Marine Cusa, Maleeka Singh, Zoe Bleicher, Christopher Elliot, Ian B. Goodhead, Robert H. Hanner, Sarah J. Helyar, Stefano Mariani, John E. Rice, Lawerence J. Wangh, J. Aquiles Sánchez Abstract: Seafood represents up to 20% of animal protein consumption in global food consumption and is a critical dietary and income resource…

Verification of authenticity: A rapid identification method for commercial scallop species through multiplex real-time PCR

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Regina Klapper & Ute Schröder Abstract: Seafood products are particularly vulnerable to food fraud and mislabelling, which may have negative implications on fisheries resources, economy, consumer health and trust. This is a considered problem for scallops, since these high-valued seafood products are usually sold without their morphologically characteristic shells. Scallop products differ in…