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IdentiGEN's DNA TraceBack(R) Receives USDA Process Verified Program Approval
Date:11/5/2007

World's First DNA-based Meat Traceability System Introduced in U.S.

LAWRENCE, Kan., and DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- IdentiGEN's DNA TraceBack(R) system, a proprietary meat identification and traceability system based on DNA analysis, has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service as a Process Verified Program (PVP). The DNA TraceBack system enables retailers, meat producers, meat processors and food-service outlets to respond to the growing consumer demand, both domestically and in export markets, for more information about where and how their meat is produced.

IdentiGEN is a leading global provider of DNA-based identification and verification solutions for enhancing food safety and building consumer confidence in the food and agriculture industries. DNA TraceBack utilizes DNA identification technology -- in a manner akin to that used for forensic investigations -- to identify and trace the source of meat products through the entire supply chain.

The DNA TraceBack system uses IdentiGEN's proprietary ID-GENerator(TM)technology to create large numbers of unique DNA profiles at a cost of pennies per pound. Its implementation requires few modifications to current handling and processing procedures for fresh beef and pork.

"Considering that DNA TraceBack is just being introduced in the North American market, designation as a PVP is a significant milestone for IdentiGEN," said Donald R. Marvin, president and CEO of IdentiGEN North America. "This vote of confidence from the USDA in our DNA TraceBack system will help gain acceptance of the program among grocery retailers, and ultimately, consumers."

IdentiGEN's DNA TraceBack system was approved as a PVP after an extensive review and on-site audit of IdentiGEN's documented quality-management system by USDA auditors. PVP designation signifies that the USDA has verified IdentiGEN's DNA TraceBack system as a consistently
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