Collagen-based chicken skin is being increasingly used in fat reduced meat products as it has good water retaining properties. This study has identified two unique peptide markers of chicken skin collagen, after extraction, and trypsin digest using LC-MS. The assay has very low detection limits for the two peptide markers. The method was validated by analysing the peptides derived from pork and beef collagen in meat and collagen mixtures. The two chicken collagen peptide markers were not found in either beef or pork collagen, and hence were unique to chicken skin. Further work to make the method quantitative is being undertaken.
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