The leading European laboratory for pork origin

Committed to protecting British standards of pig welfare through forensic methods.

After working for over a decade with producers, pig companies and industry regulators, such as AHDB pork, to verify the origin of pork and pork products, we know that it’s important to know what the isotope signatures of pork look like from many different countries.

That’s why we’re proud to maintain the most geographically diverse databases of pork of any stable isotope laboratory. Levy payers to AHDB pork can take the greatest advantage of this. This means you can be sure of the authenticity of your product with results from Agroisolab.

Developing the AHDB pork database

pigs farm UK pork

The first major use of SIRA in the UK was by Agroisolab and AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) .


Since 2009, Agroisolab has worked with AHDB to develop the use of stable isotope analysis to test and verify origin claims made on packing e.g. British Pork and ensure legitimate supply. The database is now so extensive regional traceability is possible.


We are able to test for the origin of: fresh pork, ham and bacon, as well as dried pork, using stable isotope analysis.

The Svenska Köttföretagen pork project

The Svenska Köttföretagen pork project aims to produce a technology to defend the geographic origin claims made on Swedish pork products, and to identify mislabelling.

The database was initially formed of 44 samples from four different abattoirs in Sweden, representing 44 unique postcode locations which regualar or suspect pork products could be tested against to verify the origin claims. Further sampling brought the number of locations to 153, with two samples collected per farm to increase the degree of accuracy when measuring samples.

The database can be used to differentiate pork from various origins in Europe such as: Denmark, France, Netherlands, Germany, and Spain with a high probability.

Which countries can we test?

Agroisolab is able to verify the origin of pork products from the following countries:

  • Austria

  • England

  • France

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • Netherlands

  • Northern Ireland

  • Poland

  • Republic of Ireland

  • Scotland

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Wales

pork hydrogen isoscape

Reasons for origin mislabelling in pork

European hydrogen isoscape for pork - click image to expand

There are multiple reasons for origin mislabelling in food, not all origin mislabelling is motivated by profit. Agroisolab have worked with the European pig industries for over a decade to help improve traceability and identify issues in pork products.

In no particular order, here are the top 5 reasons we see origin mislabelling in pork.


• Food fraud / intentional mislabelling for profit

• Weak quality management systems

• Lack of understanding of the supply chain / buying in bulk off a screen

• Products shipped abroad for processing

• Suppliers using any means to meet the tough demands of a contract


Agroisolab will work with your business to improve your quality management system and insulate you from food fraud.

How to use the AHDB pork database

Levy payers to AHDB Pork are able to use the AHDB Pork isotope database to verify their country of origin claims made on their packing.


If you would like to use the BPEX database to ensure the pork you are receiving is British, Scottish, English or Irish, you will require permission from AHDB Pork to do so.


Contact us for further details and explanation on how you can use the AHDB Pork isotope database for traceability in your product.