Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal
“As a result of the scandal, European governments started rethinking their food regulation practices. And scientists started kicking into high gear, looking for ways to improve the technology to quickly test batches of meat for contaminants. Just this month, apaperin theJournal of Agriculture and Food Chemistrydetails a new method that uses mass spectrometry to quickly detect even tiny traces of pork and horse mixed into raw and cooked beef products.
The new technology looks promising, Lipp says. “But there is no way [food regulators] can test 100 percent of the food. We can never test ourselves to safety.”