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Labelling accuracy in Tasmanian seafood: an investigation using DNA barcoding


Lamendin, R and Miller, K and Ward, RD, Labelling accuracy in Tasmanian seafood: an investigation using DNA barcoding, Food Control, 47 pp. 436-443. ISSN 0956-7135 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.07.039


Mislabelling of seafood products has been documented in numerous countries for over three-quarters of a century. With a trend towards increased consumption of seafood, the informed consumer demands accurately labelled products that provide full disclosure of composition. DNA barcoding can be used to accurately identify a seafood product to species based on its genetic signature, and so provides a means to test the authenticity and accuracy of seafood labelling. This can be especially useful for products such as fillets which have few or no unambiguous identifying characters, and can easily be mislabelled. We investigated labelling accuracy in seafood retailers in Tasmania, Australia. Thirty-eight seafood products were obtained from seafood retailers, sequenced for the barcoding gene region cytochrome oxidase subunit 1(CO1), and subsequently identified to species level by querying GenBank and Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) DNA sequence records. Results were compared with standard fish names (SFN) prescribed under the Australian Fish Names Standard (AFNS) and FishBase. Of the 38 samples, none were deemed to have been mislabelled under Australian regulation, although in some cases naming discrepancies and ambiguity may cause confusion for some consumers. Our work, while reflecting high standards in Tasmanian seafood, highlights the need for mandatory standard labelling across all seafood products so as to eliminate any possible misrepresentation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:barcoding, CO1, seafood, mislabelling, species identification, standard fish names
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lamendin, R (Mr Richard Lamendin)
ID Code:98797
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2015-03-03
Last Modified:2015-04-22

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