This document describes a procedure for the identification of single fish and fish fillets to the
level of genus or species.
The identification of fish species is carried out by PCR amplification of either a segment of the
mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (cytb)  or the cytochrome c oxidase I gene (cox1, syn COI)
,  or both, followed by sequencing of the PCR products and subsequent sequence
comparison with entries in databases , . The methodology allows the identification of a large
number of commercially important fish species.
The decision whether the cytb or cox1 gene segment or both are used for fish identification
depends on the declared fish species, the applicability of the PCR method for the fish species
and the availability of comparative sequences in the public databases.
This method has been successfully validated on raw fish fillets, however, laboratory experience
is available that it can also be applied to processed, e.g. cold smoked, hot smoked, salted,
frozen, cooked, fried, deep fried
This document is usually unsuitable for the analysis of highly processed foods, e.g. tins of fish,
with highly degraded DNA where the fragment lengths are not sufficient for amplification of the
targets. Furthermore, it is not applicable for complex fish products containing mixtures of two or
more fish species.
Legislation related to this standard
Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 onofficial controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules
Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products
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