InstantLabs has expanded its SpeciesID product line by offering DNA-based tests for Atlantic and Coho salmon. InstantLabs SpeciesID tests provide accurate DNA verification in under 2 hours. The company already offers kits to identify Atlantic Blue Crab, pork and horse meat. InstantLabs’ system gives food wholesalers, processors and inspectors a fast and reliable option for product tests.

The two new products were created in partnership with the University of Guelph (Ontario). The InstantID test kits for Atlantic (Salmo salar) and Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) are the first of four salmon assays planned for release in 2015. InstantLabs’ identification tests are designed for use on the Hunter®, a real-time PCR system developed by the company, and are also available for use with other PCR instruments.

“Producers, wholesalers and government entities need robust tools to combat seafood fraud,” says Steven Guterman, chief executive officer of InstantLabs. “InstantLabs’ real-time PCR testing systems and reagent kits can become an integral part in a testing program to verify labeling accuracy.”

InstantLabs will launch InstantID for Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) salmon later this year. InstantID kits for snapper, catfish, grouper and tilapia are also in the works.

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