Scientific journal

56 2017

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 3 / 2017

Šnirc, M. – Belej, Ľ. – Golian, J. – Fekete, T. – Židek, R.
Molecular traceability of red deer meat products using microsatellite markers
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 56, 2017, No. 3, s. 292-298

Marek Šnirc, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Slovak University of Agriculture, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 94976 Nitra, Slovakia. E-mail:

Received 17 May 2017; 1st revised 21 June 2017; accepted 21 July 2017; published online 16 September 2017

Summary: Traceability systems help guarantee that products bought from stores exactly correspond to the description on the label. Traceability maps the journey of the food, from the store, throughout processing, right back to the original livestock. DNA can be used as a natural barcode, as it carries unique genetic information and can be used to identify individual animals. Genetic variability of markers was analysed with the aim of confirmation of the available set of 13 microsa­tellites. With the addition of five polymorphic markers, the probability of finding two animals sharing the same profile was, on average, four in ten million for the entire dataset. In Slovakia in 2015, 65?126 red deers were recorded. Using only the five extra polymorphic markers, it was possible to obtain a reliable individual genetic traceability system.

Keywords: genetic traceability; red deer; individual identification; microsatellite

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