Monday, 02 December 2019 12:53

Norway: Authenticity testing for marine ingredients

EM6 19 News Int OrivoA new testing platform, developed by Norway-based Orivo in collaboration with BioMar, makes use of advanced DNA-technology. The test determines the species composition of marine ingredients with a high level of precision, able to detect the presence of even very small amounts of DNA. BioMar believes that DNA-testing of marine ingredients in the aquaculture industry is a natural answer to the demand from customers and stakeholders for improved transparency and traceability throughout the seafood value chain.

It is well-known in the feed industry that growth cannot be made at the expense of wild fish stocks. Therefore the industry has improved the sustainability profile of their sourced fisheries by supporting science-based certification schemes (IFFO RS, MSC, ASC, etc.) and by using alternative plant-based raw materials, like vegetable protein and microalgae for marine omega-3s. Supporting the development of DNA-testing of marine ingredients is the next step in the commitment to responsible sourcing of marine raw materials.

Reports of fraud in many of the world’s largest seafood markets highlights the importance of accurate and reliable traceability data throughout the value chain. BioMar will now be able to genetically test whether the species composition in a sample of raw material matches the composition reported in the traceability certificate. The new DNA-based test will play a crucial role in efforts focused on building consumer and stakeholder trust, Vidar Gundersen, Sustainability Director, BioMar Group stated. After several years of dedicated research and development efforts, the system has been thoroughly tested and optimized to produce reliable, accurate, and reproducible results. The test will be commercially available from 1 January 2020.