Incidence of horse meat in processed food on B&H market

  • Anesa Ahatović University of Sarajevo - Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Ivona Brkić University of Sarajevo - Faculty of science
  • Lejla Cokoja University of Sarajevo - Faculty of science
  • Azra Muhovic University of Sarajevo - Faculty of science
  • Adaleta Durmić-Pašić University of Sarajevo - Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Abstract

Following the “horse meat scandal” in 2013, European Union countries have conducted official control of EU market and unraveled food fraud which implicated a number of processed food products and food businesses. Five years after the breakout of the scandal, no official information on market surveillance in Bosnia and Herzegovina is available. Therefore, 73 randomly selected meat products from retail were collected and analyzed for the presence of horse DNA. Horse DNA was detected in 21 products (28.77%). Particularly disturbing for B&H consumers is high proportion of sujuk samples positive for horse DNA (46.15%) with lower incidence among the products of small manufactures. Also disturbing is the finding that 71.43% of the products that contain horse DNA were produced in B&H. According to our data there is a requirement for stricter surveillance of both import and internal market.

Published
2018-12-25
How to Cite
AHATOVIĆ, Anesa et al. Incidence of horse meat in processed food on B&H market. Genetics & Applications, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 57-61, dec. 2018. ISSN 2566-431X. Available at: <http://www.genapp.ba/index.php/genapp/article/view/71>. Date accessed: 21 aug. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.31383/ga.vol2iss2pp57-61.
Section
Research Articles