UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
Meat ID FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

What species do you test for?
The test reliably detects beef, bison, horse, deer, goat, sheep, pig, rabbit, mouse, rat, cat and dog. Bear, elk, antelope and moose will be added soon.

Does it test for seafood or poultry?
No, only the species listed above. Additional tests can be developed if there is a demonstrated need.

Can you test meat mixtures?
Yes, the test is designed to work on species mixtures found in ground meat.

Does the test work on cooked meat?
Yes, the test identifies meat that is cooked, cured, dried or smoked as well as raw.

Does the test work on wet dog food?
No, but we are able to test dry dog food.

How sensitive is the test?
The Meat ID test is very sensitive, with the ability to detect species comprising less than 1% of the total mixture.

How much sample do you need?
A piece the size of a corn kernel is sufficient for cuts of meat, but ground meat products should sent in their entirety.

Does the test work on bones or fur?
It does, but those samples are much more expensive to test due to the additional steps involved in preparing them for testing.

What is the cost of the Meat ID test?
The price is $150. If this is for a legal case, please contact the VGL Forensics unit. A different fee structure and time frame will apply.

How long does it take to get the results?
Results are sent via email within 3 business days of sample receipt.

How do I get the Meat ID test done on my sample?
Follow the instructions on the Meat ID Sample Submission page.

Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Tel 530-752-2211, Email VGL