Want to know what you are eating? DNA barcodes can be used to identify even very closely related species, finds an article published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Investigative Genetics. Results from the study show that the labeling of game meat in South Africa is very poor with different species being substituted almost 80% of the time. 80 PERCENT! That’s hectic!
This problem is not limited game meat on the Dark Continent either. The United Kingdom’s recent horse meat saga at Tesco’s that made headline news illustrates that this is a global issue. An issue that can be solved…through barcoding…of course! Like anything that needs to be identified, tracked and traced, barcodes provide the solution.