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Cross-contamination levels in processing plants - FA0137

The sensitivity of current DNA testing means that very low levels of contamination of foods with meat of undeclared species can now be detected. This has implications for current manufacturing or production practices especially in relation to carry over between processing of different types of meat, for example through the same equipment or prepared sequentially on the same lines.

FSA have asked the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) to undertake a study to look at this issue. It is likely to involve practical on site trials and testing to get further information on the levels of cross contamination between species which could occur during normal production in businesses following good manufacturing practice. FSA have provided LGC with examples of best practice on cleaning and hygiene procedures. LGC will bring scientific rigour to testing cross-contamination levels under these conditions

FSA and Defra seek input and feedback from relevant industry bodies on the scope of the study prior to LGC starting work and request sharing of any data companies may have on testing for cross-contamination that would be useful in guiding LGC.

This study will seek to colect evidence on what cross-contamination levels might be under these circumstances.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FINAL Report FA0137   (2534k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £10,243
Contractor / Funded Organisations
LGC Limited