Analytical method for quantification of boar taint related compounds

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Analytical method for quantification of boar taint related compounds


DMRI has developed an analytical method that can be used to analyse skatole and androstenone on a small fat biopsy taken from the carcass. The method uses laser diode thermal desorption mass spectrometry (LDTD-MS/MS) and is in compliance with the EU’s reference laboratory method, which also uses mass spectrometry. The DMRI method is accredited according to ISO 17025:2017. This method makes it possible to perform a rapid, selective and quantitative analysis. Through further automation of the method, equipment installed at a slaughterhouse will be capable of analysing up to 2,800 fat samples per day. The same method has been set up in DMRI’s laboratories.


Lund, B., Borggaard, C., Birkler, R., Jensen, K. &Støier, S. (2021) High throughput method for quantifying androstenone and skatole in adipose tissue from uncastrated male pigs by laser diode thermal desorption-tandem mass spectrometry. Food Chemistry, 100113. 



Lund, BW; Meinert, L.; Borggaard, C. (2016) Simultaneously detection of off-note or boar taint related compounds in animal tissue. WO/2016/139291



Birkler, R., Borggaard, C., Støier, S., Lund, BW  (2018) EAAP Fully automated and rapid at-line method...  

Borggaard, C., Birkler, R., Meinert, L., Støier, S. (2017) ICoMST. At-line rapid instrumental method for measuring the boar taint... 

Støier, S. (2015) International Conference on pig welfare, Copenhagen april 2015. Detection of boar taint, a means to avoid surgical castration

Borggaard, C., Bager Christensen, L., Hviid, M., Kjærsgaard, N.(2012) 58th ICoMST.