Scientists at the University of Münster have successfully developed a method that can detect multiple species simultaneously while achieving the lowest limits of detection, even in cooked and highly processed meats using a method based on SCIEXQTRAP® 6500 LC-MS/MS.The LC-MS/MS based method enables robust, specific, and simultaneous detection of protein peptides of multiple meat species including beef, chicken, pig, goat, lamb, deer and many more, at levels as low as 0.02%, and can be used to support Halal certification testing programs. This method has an advantage over PCR and ELISA being more specific and measuring meat peptides directly.

There are no details of validation of this method, and hence the report should be treated as preliminary. In addition, the method detects low levels of meat species, but does not verify either Halal or Kosher ritual slaughter methods.

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