Consumers can now join the fight against food fraud with a new DNA based identification tool

The University of Guelph has developed a sampling kit so that consumers can know the exact identity of what makes up their food products. This is a good initiative that has the potential to provide a lot of information on the actual level of fraud in foods sold to Canadians and products that raise concerns among Canadians.

The article can be found in the National Post.

Based on Barcode technology (DNA markers) it is possible to identify the species that make up a sample sent to the analysis laboratory.

The company is called Life Scanner. The identification is not limited to food, it can be insects or animal hair or tissue.