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IdentiGEN to launch DNA-based traceability system in North America

Agriculture.com Staff 07/26/2006 @ 9:30am

IdentiGEN Ltd., a provider of DNA-based traceability to the agriculture and food industries in Europe since 2000, has announced the formation of a new subsidiary, IdentiGEN North America, Inc.

The new company will focus on the North American commercialization of IdentiGEN's proprietary TraceBack DNA tracking system, which verifies the source of meat products throughout the entire chain of production -- from the animal of origin up through the producer, meat packer, food retailer and consumer. The company plans to offer TraceBack in the U.S. and Canada for tracing beef and pork.

"Our DNA-based TraceBack system offers producers, packers and retailers the first proven, practical and affordable means to trace the origin of meat back through the supply chain in the event of a disease outbreak or for any other concern, and we are proud now to be able to introduce this service into North America," said Patrick Cunningham, Ph.D., chairman of IdentiGEN Ltd.

The TraceBack system is based on the analysis of individual DNA samples from each animal. The company's technology combines DNA analysis with a panel of genetic markers -- single nucleotide polymorphisms (or SNPs) -- as identifiers. IdentiGEN has also developed proprietary DNA collection and analysis methods that simplify the entire process so that the TraceBack system can be easily implemented throughout the existing production and supply infrastructure, the company says.

The system enables identification of an animal, or products from that animal, at every stage of the supply chain. IdentiGEN has also developed proprietary techniques to enable identification of the origin of products containing meat from multiple animals, such as ground beef.

IdentiGEN Ltd., a provider of DNA-based traceability to the agriculture and food industries in Europe since 2000, has announced the formation of a new subsidiary, IdentiGEN North America, Inc.

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