Game meat authentication through rare earth elements fingerprinting

G. P. Danezis, A. C. Pappas, E. Zoidis, G. Papadomichelakis, I. Hadjigeorgiou, P. Zhang, V. Brusic, C. A. Georgiou

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Accurate labelling of meat (e.g. wild versus farmed, geographical and genetic origin, organic versus conventional, processing treatment) is important to inform the consumers about the products they buy. Meat and meat products declared as game have higher commercial value making them target to fraudulent labelling practices and replacement with non-game meat. We have developed and validated a new method for authentication of wild rabbit meat using elemental metabolomics approach. Elemental analysis was performed using rapid ultra-trace multi-element measurement by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Elemental signatures showed excellent ability to discriminate the wild rabbit from non-wild rabbit meat. Our results demonstrate the usefulness of metabolic markers -rare earth signatures, as well as other trace element signatures for game meat authentication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-57
Number of pages12
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Elemental metabolomics
  • Meat authentication
  • Pattern recognition
  • Rare earth elements
  • Wild rabbit meat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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