DNA Analysis for Vegan Products – Gain transparency in your supply chain and ensure your product is free from animal derivatives.

Published 27th January 2022

Why undertake DNA Analysis?

Undertaking DNA Analysis of your Vegan products can not only give you an indication of whether there is the smallest trace of animal-derived ingredients, but also help with establishing a transparent supply chain.

What is the Vegan Verification DNA Analysis?

DNA analysis is the foundation of the Eurofins | Chem-MAP® Vegan Verification programme in assisting manufacturers, brands, and retailers to test, verify and certify chemicals, materials, and products as vegan.

Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), the Eurofins | Chem-MAP® laboratory team can extract DNA from input components and ingredients to identify even the most minute presence of over 25,000 animal species, including mammal, bird, fish, insect, crustacean, and mollusc. With cross-contamination of a product detectable, companies can be confident that the vegan products they are selling to consumers do not contain any traces of animal derived ingredients when tested for the presence of animal DNA. Consumer confidence can also be heightened as tested products can display the Eurofins Vegan Verification mark. Furthermore, the test methodology is registered & approved with the Vegan Society, meaning that Eurofins can support with applications for the use of the Vegan Society trademark.

DNA Analysis available for a wide range of vegan product sectors.

With a unique approach to each testing protocol, Eurofins | Chem-MAP® Vegan Verification is a straightforward programme that is applicable to many products and has been tested across a wide range of industries, including:

    • Footwear and apparel
    • Cosmetics
    • Cleaning products
    • Upholstery
    • Furniture
    • Chemicals
    • Paints
    • Inks
    • Novel materials
    • Packaging

DNA Analysis can support with supply chain transparency.

Vegan Verification DNA analysis, alongside additional test methods of FTIR and microscopy can support companies that do not have clear visibility of their supply chains and their suppliers who may claim to provide ‘animal-free’ materials, ingredients, dyes or chemicals.  The Eurofins Vegan Verification programme can be considered as a testing lead programme and therefore differentiates from many other certifications that are reliant solely on detailed paper-based documentation and/or self declarations

For more information, please contact the Eurofins | Chem-MAP® team on info@chem-map.com.

Article written by Lottie York, Sustainability Project Support

 

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