Authentication Tests

Guaranteeing the authenticity of food products should be integral to the quality procedures for retailers, suppliers and manufactures in the food industry. Particularly given that guaranteeing authenticity is also essential in order to be compliant with food-labelling regulations.

The horsemeat scandal in 2013 has resulted in consumer awareness of food fraud being greater than ever before and therefore, so has the demand for food manufacturers to demonstrate the authenticity of their products. In addition to this, verifying the quality of your products can help boost your reputation and reassure customers or clients of your organisation’s credibility.

In this current environment of intense scrutiny, those responsible for quality assurance will inevitably want to invest in the most stringent testing methods to be vigilant in the face of food fraud.

At SYNLAB Laboratories we have developed industry-leading, cutting-edge testing methods that can help protect your organisation against food fraud and offer reassurance that you have invested in the best food fraud detection methods possible.

Below is a list of our available tests:

Please note, the majority of our ELISA and PCR tests are accredited. If they are not accredited we have flexible scope for some ELISA and PCR based methods so please ask the laboratory if you are interested in having a particular test accredited. Contact us at

  • Qualitative Meat Species – choose: Cattle, Horse, Pig, Sheep, Chicken, Deer, Goat, Pheasant, Tomato, Garlic, Langoustine, Tuna, Cod, Haddock, Catfish, Coley/Pollock.  (Please check for other fish species available)
  • Bespoke Species ID (pure samples only) by Sequencing
  • Bespoke Species ID (primer design)
  • NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) – all species in a sample

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? 

We will always go the extra mile to meet our clients’ needs and have an extensive network of approved partner companies. As a result, we are known as the people to contact for even the most obscure queries. Whatever analysis you are looking for please do not hesitate to get in touch via

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) – Authenticity Testing at Its Best

Traditional tests detect 1 species – and you need to know what you’re looking for.  SYNLAB’s NGS authenticity testing identifies thousands of species – from the domestic and farmed, to the obscure and exotic.

This new technology exploits advances in DNA sequencing that allows for rapid determination of DNA sequences in a sample. Our NGS test uses the technology of the future to provide on-going security to the food supply chain and peace of mind for consumers.

The SYNLAB NGS test provides identification of over 7000 meat and fish species present in any given sample. No longer do you need to ask “is there beef/chicken/cod present?”  The question now is “what’s in my sample?”.

Supported by Food Standards Agency, DEFRA and Technology Strategy Board, this service has been developed by our own molecular biologists and in collaboration with the University of Manchester to reduce food crime and ensure transparency in the food supply chain.

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