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Students revealed the content in meat dishes

Students from the Department of Biology unveiled that certain meat that was served during a food festival in Lund in April partly contained meat from other animals than promised.
Sign at a food stall.
The students took samples of dishes sold at different food stalls. The photo shows a sign at one of the stalls. Photo: Hampus Andersson

To test and analyze meat has for several years been a part of the course in Molecular genetics. Therefore professor Allan Rasmusson sent his students to the food festival  in central Lund where they bought crocodile meat burgers, beef nachos, krakauer sausages, turkey sandwiches and meat pasties. Before they finished their meals the students took double samples of the meat.

Back at the department they isolated mitochondrial DNA from the samples and compared it with DNA from different animals. The analysis showed that some dishes contained meat that the food stalls kept quiet about.

The beef nacho contained pork as well as beef and the crocodile burger contained beef. When the newspaper Sydsvenskan confronted the person in charge of the festival it quickly was changed to ””55 percent crocodile, 45 percent beef”. Sydsvenskan also revealad that the mixed minced meat that had been used in the beef nacho quickly was replaced with new minced beef.

The analysis of the other meat samples were less controversial and did not reveal any surprises.
Jan Olsson

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