Meat Speciation

Meat Speciation

Meat Speciation Testing from ALS

ALS offers UKAS accredited meat speciation testing using Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) from the below species. This service is available to all of ALS customers in Ireland who are seeking a larger range of speciation testing or require lower limits of detection.


  • Chicken (Gallus gallus)
  • Cow (Bos Taurus)
  • Horse (Equus caballus)
  • Pig (Sus scrofa)
  • Sheep (Ovis aries)
  • Turkey (Meleagris galloparvo)

The UKAS accreditation applies to both cooked and raw meat products.  The standard turnaround time for this analysis – which provides a limit of detection of 0.1% is 10 working days. However, a priority service can also be arranged subject to availability.


ALS are also pleased to announce that the below species can be analysed at ALS Controlvet in Portugal.  Please contact us for details on accreditation and limits of detection.


  • Goat (meat and milk)
  • Deer
  • Beef (Bovine, meat and milk)
  • Duck
  • Fish Speciation (by DNA sequencing)
  • Identification of species of Cod

More recently, ALS Controlvet has received accreditation for Identification of Fish Species in mixtures as well as Identification of Mammal & Bird Species by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).


If you require any further information about Meat Speciation Testing at ALS or would like to request a quote, please contact us on 052 6178 100 or at