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…

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…

Estudio de notoriedad en consumidores sobre la denominación comercial “anchoa del Cantábrico”

SEATRACES PUBLICATION (This publications is written in Spanish language) Dr. Miguel Ángel Pardo González. Experto en integridad y seguridad alimentaria. AZTI La anchoa europea (Engraulis encrasicolus) es un pequeño pez pelágico que, en el caso del Golfo de Bizkaia, es considerada una población independiente de otras poblaciones europeas. Esta población de anchoa, generalmente conocida como…

A Real-Time PCR method for the authentication of common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) in food products

SEATRACES PUBLICATION Amaya Velasco, Graciela Ramilo-Fernández and Carmen G. Sotelo Abstract: Cephalopods are very relevant food resources. The common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is highly appreciated by consumers and there is a lack of rapid methods for its authentication in food products. We introduce a new minor groove binding (MGB) TaqMan real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)…