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CarnoCheck DNA test identifies eight animal species in foodstuffs quickly and reliably

CarnoCheck

With horsemeat in lasagnes and pork in kebabs, the meat scandal is escalating day by day. Consumer protection groups and politicians are now calling for Europe-wide DNA testing for a whole range of foodstuffs

Using the CarnoCheck DNA test, hundreds of samples are currently being tested at various European laboratories as part of efforts to find answers in the horsemeat labelling fraud. Greiner Bio-One has been offering the CarnoCheck DNA test kit since 2004, enabling eight animal species to be detected in foodstuffs quickly and reliably. As well as horses, the kit covers pigs, donkeys, sheep, cattle, chickens, turkeys and goats.

Greiner Bio-One, based in Frickenhausen, specialises in developing molecular biology analysis methods. Using "DNA chip technology", which is already deployed by countless laboratories, the specific genetic fingerprint of many different parameters can be detected unambiguously in one single analysis.

With the CarnoCheck DNA chip, the eight animal species can be identified in foodstuffs down to a detection limit of 0.5 per cent. The results are available within three hours. A comprehensive control system also ensures the quality of the analysis.

Greiner Bio-One GmbH - BioScience Division Greiner Bio-One GmbH specialises in the development, production and distribution of plastic laboratory products. The company is a technology partner for universities, research institutes and the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With its BioScience division, Greiner Bio-One ranks among the leading providers of specialist products for cultivating and analysing cell and tissue cultures and microplates for high-throughput screening, enabling high-speed, efficient drug screening for industry and research. Additionally Greiner Bio-One develops innovative biochip technologies for genotyping.

Under the management of Georg Heftberger, Rainer Perneker and Heinz Schmid, the German headquarters of the BioScience division in Frickenhausen
(Baden-Württemberg) controls the whole research and development activities in the product ranges Cell Culture, High-Throughput Screening, Biochips and OEM.

Greiner Bio-One GmbH is a division of Greiner Bio-One International AG, based in Kremsmuenster (Austria). Today Greiner Bio-One International AG generates a turnover of 327 million euros. It has over 1,700 employees and operates globally with 20 of its own subsidiaries and numerous distributors in more than 100 countries.


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