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Eurofins Speaks at SOFHT Conference on Horse Meat Issue

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Dr Barbara Wimmer from Eurofins Medigenomix in Germany, the specialist DNA Analysis Centre which was  one of the first independent laboratories to confirm contamination of beef with horse meat in Ireland, will be one of the key speakers at Horsegate - an exhibition and conference being staged by The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) in October 2013.

Dr Wimmer will focus on the role that DNA based testing methods can have on the fight against food fraud.  Following the 'Horsegate' issue earlier this year, Eurofins saw a significant increase in testing requirements from across the food industry, resulting in the company investing in new instrumentation and calling in expertise  from its other specialist laboratories within the Group to deal with the volume of testing.

Eurofins Medigenomix is one of the few laboratories in Europe that offers accredited Real Time PCR testing plus sequencing  for up to seven species, giving semi quantitative results plus confirmation, while the Group's Wolverhampton laboratory also offer an alternative cheaper method of qualitative PCR for a range of speciation  identification including horse.

Dr Wimmer will also be joined at the conference by speakers from Waitrose, DEFRA and Greggs.
For more information on booking a place at the conference which takes place on 22 October at the Oxford Belfry contact SOFHT tel: 01827 875 800, Email:

Published: 15 July 2013