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World's first DNA-based meat traceability lab opens in Kansas

by 5m Editor
24 July 2007, at 11:44am

US – IdentiGEN, a leading provider of DNA-based solutions to the agriculture and food industries, has announced the official opening of its North American laboratories and facilities in Kansas at the heart of America’s meat industry.

The new, state-of-the-art labs will initially focus on DNA analysis for the global TraceBack™ program, IdentiGEN’s proprietary meat traceability system. The Kansas facility will also be the launching point for commercialisation of DNA TraceBack in North America.

“Comprehensive meat identification programs like IdentiGEN's DNA traceability system are important to our food exports, to our domestic food production and to help assure consumers of food quality and safety,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Adrian Polansky, who will attend the official opening.

“Kansas is a business-friendly state with more than $9 billion in annual agricultural sales. "We also are a leader in red meat production, so we believe it was a natural choice for IdentiGEN to locate its North American laboratories here. We welcome them and wish them success in their efforts to support our cattle and hog industries,” he added.

DNA TraceBack is the only system that assures both quality and safety of beef and pork by guaranteeing 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 right to the consumer’s plate.

It utilizes DNA identification similar to the use of DNA for high-tech forensic investigations in humans.

Source: Grainnet