It’s the scandal that has rocked the food chain.
The presence of horse meat on our plates has sent consumer confidence in cuisine plunging to an all-time low.
But for one Ayr firm, the crisis is a cloud with a definite silver lining.
Neogen Europe Ltd is a world leader in meat speciation testing. With offices around the world, Auchincruive plays host to its European base.
And if you want to know exactly what’s in your food, this is the place to come.
Now with retailers and authorities on red alert, it’s little surprise business in at least one field has gone through the roof.
Andrew Holmes, divisional manager at the testing company, admits it’s a challenge just to cope with demand.
“In a usual month, we’d ship 200 of our meat testing kits.
“But in the last five weeks, we’ve sold about 4000.
“In this week alone, we’ve taken orders from France, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Australia and Brazil.”
Extra bodies are being taken on at the company, which employs 105 people.
On-site DNA testing complements the industry-leading test kits which are being shipped across the globe.
And with meat under the microscope like never before, bosses at Neogen see a huge shift in standards on the horizon.
Company director Dr Stephen Holmes, insisted: “Things will never go back to the way they were.
“It’s now being proven that the only way to know what’s in your food is to test it.
“As a diagnostics business, we obviously see the long-term benefits of that.
“What must come from this whole episode is a huge increase in food safety.
“The crucial thing now is committing to a testing process that ensures safety for everyone.”