The following reports are available at the URLs given. Reports fall into two groups depending on programme designation: FA01 or FS reports and Q01 reports.

You can also find out more about the Food Authenticity research programme.


Project Number Title Contractor Web Link
FA0101 2011: Verification of Meat from Traditional Cattle and Pig Breeds using SNP DNA Markers Gen-probe Life Sciences Limited
FA0102 2011: Evaluation of the Dissemination and Uptake of Authenticity Methods for Food Standards Enforcement LGC
FA0104 2013: Desk Study to Provide an Overview of Food Fraud and Food Misdescription in the UK FERA
FA0105 2012: Inter-laboratory validation of a method to determine the species of origin of gelatine found in chicken by mass spectrometry FERA
FA0106 2012: Development of a semi-quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for offal in meat NTU
FA0107 2012: Inter-laboratory trial of a method for detecting undeclared addition of blood-based meat binding agents to foods FERA[Report not available]
FA0109 2010: Authentic Food CORE Organic II ERA-NET FERA  
FA0110 2012: Basmati rice collaborative trial FERA
FA0112 2012: Extension of the method to verify meat from traditional cattle and pig breeds using SNP DNA markers Trace Wildlife Forensics Network Ltd
FA0114 2012: Inter-laboratory Trial of the Improved HADH Method to Detect Previously Frozen Poultry LGC
FA0115 2013: Determination of Nitrogen Factors for Pangasius and Alaska Pollack RSC
FA0116 2014: LABELFISH EU Atlantic Area Programme University of Salford
FA0117 2013: Evaluation of methodologies to verify vegetable oil species in mixtures of oil Queen’s University Belfast
FA0118 2013: Geographic traceability tools for commercial fish and fish product LGC Limited
FA0121 2013: Determination of a Nitrogen Factor for Chicken Breast RSC
FA0122 2014: Validation of Western blot methods to monitor the presence of added bovine and porcine blood proteins in meat product NTU 
FA0125 2014: Development of breed specific assays for beef and pork authentication Trace Wildlife Forensics Network Ltd
FA0126 2014: Proposed study on the determination of the species origin of gelatine in commercially available foods, including a supplementary validation study. FERA
FA0127 2013: A Reassessment of Pork Nitrogen Factors Royal Society of Chemistry
FA0129 2014: Development Of Isoscapes To Verify Labelling Claims Relating To The Provenance Of Chicken And Pork FERA
FA0130 2013: Development of Analytical Methods to Verify Labelling Claims Relating to Egg Production FERA
FA0134 2013: Method verification of the LOD Associated with the Defra/FSA Study Protocol for Detection of Horse DNA in Food Samples LGC
FA0135 2013: Method development for the quantitation of equine DNA and feasibility of establishing objective comparisons between measurement expression units (DNA/DNA compared to w/w tissue) LGC
FA0136 2014: Feasibility study for using rapid and automated spectral imaging for food authenticity testing LGC
FA0137 2014: Cross-contamination levels in processing plants LGC
FA0138 2014: Development of a proteomics method for meat speciation in heavily processed foodstuffs FERA
FA0139 2013: A review of methods for distinguishing mechanically separated meat from desinewed meat Leatherhead Foods International Ltd
FA0141 2014: Metagenomics for determination of origin part 2 (full study) FERA
FA0144 2014: Knowledge Transfer event for DNA extraction approaches to support food labelling enforcement LGC
FA0146 Method Validation of the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approach for the quantitation of horse DNA LGC Ongoing: Report not yet available
FA0151 2014: Food  Authenticity Conference FERA
FA0152 2014: BRITISH BEEF ORIGIN PROJECT 2 – improvement of the British beef Isotope Landscape Map (Isocape) FERA
FA0155 EU Food Integrity Project FERA  
FA0156 Consumer Preferences regarding Country of Origin Labelling of Meat University of Kent Ongoing: Report not yet available
FA0157 2016: Evaluation of quantitative molecular biology methods LGC

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FA0158 2016: Development and validation of the proposed methodology to verify vegetable oil species in mixtures of oil Queen’s University

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SOP also available from the FoodAuthenticity Documents site

FA0159 The development of isotopic and fingerprinting techniques to verify the production origin and geographical origin of food and feed FERA Ongoing: Report not yet available
FA0160 2019: Development of Metagenomic Methods for Determination of Origin - phase 2 FERA
FA0162 2015: Joint Defra/GC Knowledge Transfer event on real-time PCR for food authenticity testing inclusive of quantitation of horse DNA LGC
FA0163 2016: Scoping study for development and validation of gelatine speciation method and proteomic meat species identification method FERA
FA0166 2019: Development, optimisation and validation of a non-targeted proteomics method for meat species identification FERA
FA0167 2020: Joint Knowledge Transfer Framework for Food Standards and Food Safety Analysis LGC
FA0171 2019: Research Project to Validate Methods to Quantify Horse and Pork Meat Adulteration and Processed Beef LGC
FA0172 2019: Identification of Kompetitive Alelle Specific PCR (KASP) Assays to Authenticate Basmati Bangor University
FA0173 2020: Guidance for Organisation of Informal Food Authenticity Surveillance Programmes RSC/AMC
FA0175 2021: Review of Food Fraud Drivers and Mitigation Tools LGC  
FA0178 2020: Assessment of Point of Contact Testing Technologies to Verify Food Authenticity LGC Limited
FA0185 2021: Review of Methods for Offal Species Determination FERA
FA0189 2022: Point of Contact (PoC) DNA testing using Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) FERA
FA0191 2021: Review of Global Food Fraud Definitions and Standardisation Activities LGC
FA0197 2022: Implications of emerging novel proteins for food authenticity and labelling FERA

FA0201 2010: Extend an existing method using light microscopy to determine whether material recovered off beef and lamb bones meets the definition of MSM Leatherhead Foods International Ltd
FA0202 The development and validation of DNA marker methods for the verification of meat from wild boar  
FA0203 2007: Evaluation of a Simple Microscopy Protocol for Identifying Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM) in Pork, Chicken and Turkey Leatherhead Foods International Ltd
FA0204 2010: Measurement of theobromine content in cocoa for determining cocoa solids content in chocolate and chocolate products Durham County Council
FA0205 2010: British Beef Origin Project (BBOP) Institute of Food Research
FA0206 2010: Assessing the origin of wine using existing compositional information FERA
FA0207 2008: Identification of an internal isotopic reference compound in palm sugar to improve the detection of cane sugar addition Institute of Food Research
FA0208 2005: Development of methods for the identification of duck, pheasant, venison, horse, donkey and wild boar in meat products (Q01083) FERA
FA0209 2007: The adaptation and validation of real-time PCR methods for the identification of exotic species, for analysis on a capillary electrophoresis chip system CSL
FA0210 2005: Final optimisation and evaluation of DNA based methods for the authentication and quantification of meat species CSL
FA0212 2008: Development of a method to detect gelatine in vegetarian products CSL
FA0213 2013: Stable isotope and Multi element analysis of food and soil samples for TRACE FERA
FA0214 2013: Tracing the origin of food (continuation project): Determining the Geographical Origin of Chicken using Proton NMR and LC/MS Institute of Food Research
FA0215 2009: Agilent BioAnalyser Potato Genotyping NIAB
FA0217 2006: A proteomic approach to the determination of meat species within a mixed meat product Royal Holloway
FA0218 2010: The proteomic detection of offal in meat products Nottingham Trent University
FA0219 2007: Transfer of the real-time PCR method to detect common wheat adulteration of pasta to the LabChip-project LGC
FA0220 2008: The adaptation and validation of real-time PCR methods for the identification of exotic species, for analysis on a capillary electrophoresis chip system CSL( Fera)
FA0222 2007: Adaptation Of DNA Analysis Techniques for the Analysis of Basmati Rice Varieties, Adulterant Varieties and other Fragrant Rice Varieties for Use on the Agilent 2100 bioanalyzer Food DNA Services Ltd
FA0223 2007: Adaptation of DNA analysis techniques for the identification of illegally imported bushmeat for use on the Agilent 2100 bioanalyzer Food DNA Services Ltd
FA0225 2008: Evaluation of DNA based methods for fruit juice authentication using PCR & lab-on-a-chip Leatherhead Food Int
FA0226 2008: Detection of Gelatin in Vegetarian Foods and Beverages Using a Proteomics Approach with Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Royal Holloway
FA0227 2008: Measurement of animal based ingredients in composite imported foods to determine whether health checks are necessary Campden BRI
FA0228 2005: The Development of methods to verify the compulsory origin labelling of beef (Q01066/79) Institute of Food Research
FA0229 2006: The Effect of Superchilling and Rapid Freezing on the HADH Assay for Chicken and Turkey (QO1103 - FA0229) LGC
FA0231 2008: Metabolomic approach to the identification of robust markers for the detection of mechanically separated meat (MSM) in meat products Royal Holloway
FA0233 2006: HPLC-MS/MS of species-specific fibrinogen peptide as a qualitative method for fibrin based meat binder (QO1093 - FA0233) CSL
FA0234 2007: Production and use of monoclonal anti-albumin antibodies to monitor the presence of bovine and porcine blood proteins in processed meat products NTU
FS900293 2024: Review of methods for the analysis of culinary herbs and spices for authenticity LGC and QUB Review of methods for the analysis of culinary herbs and spices for authenticity | Food Standards Agency
2024: Guidance for Point of Contact technologies LGC FSA Research



Project Number Title Author/ Institute Web Link



Identification of Species in Processed/Composite Fish/ Seafood Products using DNA-Based Techniques Rowett Research Institute  



Nitrogen Factors for Turkey Meat RSC  



Development and Validation of Methodology for the Confirmation of the Origin of Wild and Farmed Salmon and Other Fish Eurofins Scientific  



Real time Analysis of PCR - Based DNA Methods for the Limit of Detection, Sensitivity and Specificity. CSL  



Verification of "Organic Meat Production" by Detection of Permitted and Not-Permitted Uses of Veterinary Medicines. CSL  



The Identification of Meat Species in Vegetarian Foods by QRT-PCR RHM Technology



Development of an Assay for the Quantitative Determination of the White Fish Content of Commercial Products. CSL  



Application of a Chip-Based Capillary Electrophoresis System to Enable Simple DNA-PCR Detection of Fish Species Campden BRI  



Applications of Methods to Authenticate Speciality Vinegars CSL  




Verifying the Authenticity of Organically Grown Crops using Stable Nitrogen Isotope Analysis. IFR  



The Development of Methods to Determine the Geographical Origin of Poultry IFR  



Final Optimisation and Evaluation of DNA Based Methods for the Authentication and Quantification of Meat Species VLA, RHM, Eurofins, CCFRA,CSL  



Validation of a Qualitative and Quantitative Method to Determine Non-Cocoa Butter Vegetable Fats in Chocolate CSL  



Validation of a DNA-Based Method for the Determination of Hazelnut Oil in Olive Oil CCFRA  



Extending the Lab-On-A-Chip PCR-RFLP Database for a Wider Range of Commercial Fish Species CCFRA  



Metabolomic Approach to Identification of Robust Markers for the Detection of MRM/MSM in Meat Products RHU  




A Proteomic Approach to the Determination of Meat Species within a Mixed Meat Product. RHU  



Transfer of the Real-Time PCR Method to Detect and Quantify Common Wheat Adulteration of Pasta to the Lab-on-a-Chip Capillary Electrophoresis System Premier Foods  



Adaptation of DNA Analysis Techniques for the Identification of Illegally Imported Bushmeat for Use on the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyser Tepnel  



Evaluation of DNA based Methods for Fruit Juice Authenticity using Lab-on-a-Chip Capillary Electrophoresis Endpoint Detection CCFRA  



Evaluation of DNA Based Methods for Fruit Juice Authenticity using Lab-on-a-Chip Capillary Electrophoresis Endpoint Detection LFR  



Measurement of Milk Content of Composite Imported Foods to Determine whether Health Checks are Necessary CCFRA  



Development of a Method to Detect Gelatine in Vegetarian Products CSL  



Measurement of Animal Based Ingredients (Milk, Egg and Crustaceans) in Composite Imported Foods LFR  




The Development and Validation of DNA Marker Methods for the Verification of Meat from Wild Boar. CSL  



Gas Chromatography-Pyrolysis -Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Applied to the Authenticity of Whiskey Production Methods CSL