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Tyson Foods Is Using DNA to Prove the Pedigree of Premium Beef (3/14/2019)

Responding to consumer demands for traceability, Tyson Foods Inc. plans to use DNA samples from elite cattle to track steaks, roasts and even ground beef back to the ranches the animals grew up on.

Tyson Foods Is Using DNA to Prove the Pedigree of Premium Beef
M&S raises the stakes with unrivalled new British beef traceability campaign (3/4/2019)

From corned beef to fillet steak, every single piece of beef that M&S sells has two things in common – it can be traced back to the farm and animal it came from AND it is British

Marks & Spencer has launched a new, summer-long food marketing campaign that shines a spotlight on M&S’ unrivalled beef traceability standards.

As highlighted in the campaign, M&S is the only national retailer in the UK that can trace every piece of beef it sells – whether it’s in a prepared meal, a sandwich or a prime cut – all the way back to every farm and animal from which it is sourced.

The “We trace it, so you can trust it” campaign is backed by DNA sampling provided by Dublin-based tech company Identigen. Thousands of tests are carried out every year to check that M&S’ unique standards are being followed.

And in support of British farming, the ads also carry a Union Jack flag highlighting to customers that every piece of M&S beef is British.

Sharry Cramond, Food Marketing Director at M&S, said: “Since joining M&S I’ve been amazed at the stories behind our products. Our people go to extraordinary lengths to source the very best ingredients and products and we are not shy of using cutting-edge technology to guarantee our provenance. Our beef campaign is an important first step in shining a spotlight on our unrivalled food standards – because trusting the food we eat matters to our customers.”

Press and radio ads break today and kick off an extensive media campaign that will run throughout the summer. An interactive supply chain map showing every single farm that supplies M&S with beef launches next month.

Luke Williamson, Executive Creative Director at M&S ad agency Grey London, said: “Provenance is such a powerful story for M&S. We’re excited to be launching this fresh campaign, it’s a bold message delivered in an integrated way that will leave customers in no doubt over where M&S beef comes from.”

M&S uses DNA sampling to trace its beef back to every farm and animal. A sample is taken from every animal from every farm that supplies M&S and its suppliers. Thousands of tests are carried out every year on products taken at random from M&S stores and

warehouses. The tests check that beef is moving through the supply chain – from farm, to abattoir to processor and to store – correctly and that M&S standards are being followed.

Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture at Marks & Spencer, said: “We’re passionate about supporting British farming and working with our suppliers to invest in new technology and the best systems available. That gives us better traceability than anyone else in the market and, when it comes to beef, it means we know where every single animal was reared, how it was reared and how the beef moved through our supply chain.”

Customers can find out more at www.marksandspencer.com.

M&S beef traceability pays off: Boosted sales and ‘dramatically’ reduced complaints (3/4/2019)

Marks and Spencer first implemented a DNA sampling system across its beef supply chain in 2012. Seven years on, head of agriculture and fisheries Steve McLean says he has seen beef sales rise and customer complaints drop.

M&S beef traceability pays off: Boosted sales and ‘dramatically’ reduced complaints
IdentiGEN welcomes Irish government Disruptive Technology Fund backing (1/18/2019)

Irish Genetics company wins €1.8m ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D grant

Irish genetics company IdentiGEN has welcomed a €1.8m research and development award to further strengthen its position as a world leader in DNA technologies within the food industry.

IdentiGEN which is based in Dublin, and provides DNA traceability solutions for the meat and seafood sectors, will use the investment to advance food quality and integrity, working together with University College Dublin (UCD).

IdentiGEN has operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Europe and works with major international retailers, distributors and processors.

Today it has been awarded €1.8m from the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, announced by the Irish Government’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

IdentiGEN’s Managing Director and Founder Ciarán Meghen said the funding will be used to further develop genomic technologies to improve confidence in the origin, quality and safety of food.

“Food labelling is a major cost to industry and has been shown to be vulnerable to abuse and fraud. IdentiGEN has identified an approach to transform and industrialise the use of DNA profiling in food labelling.”

“This will involve working with the UCD Animal Genomics Laboratory where we expect to transform the cost base of DNA analysis, making the technology widely applicable.”

“New technologies present us with the opportunity to disrupt the food labelling status quo. This investment will support IdentiGEN to remain at the cutting edge of genomics and we look forward to the global opportunities which it will present,” he said.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications, Dublin, Ireland.

[email protected] / 00353 (0) 86 317 9731.

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About IdentiGEN

IdentiGEN is a leading provider of DNA identification solutions to the international agri-food industry, with laboratory operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Europe. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. www.identigen.com

IdentiGEN in samenwerkingsverband met Zwitserse vleesindustrie voor Nationaal DNA traceerbaarheidssysteem (9/6/2018)

De vleesindustrie is van plan om een nationaal en onafhankelijk DNA traceerbaarheidssysteem in te voeren in het voorjaar van 2018, voor het verifieren van vlees van Zwitserse
afkomst. Tijdens de bijeenkomst op 7 April heeft het bestuurslichaam van Proviande, de branche-organisatie, de desbetreffende principes geadopteerd. De beslissing over de
uitvoering wordt verwacht aan eind juni 2017.

Zwitserse vlees is populair en geniet groot vertrouwen bij de consument. Het behoud en versterken van dit vertrouwen is een van de centrale taken van de gehele waardeketen van de
vleessector.

Een werkgroep onder leiding van Proviande, met vertegenwoordigers uit de hele vleessector, heeft in de afgelopen maanden de basis ontwikkeld voor de nationale invoering van een
systeem voor de traceerbaarheid van Zwitserse vlees, met het gebruik van DNA technology. Het nieuwe systeem is ontwikkeld om aan te tonen dat vlees en vleesproducten
geëtiketteerd als zijnde van Zwitserse oorsprong, ook daadwerkelijk afkomstig zijn van dieren die gehouden en geslacht zijn in Zwitserland. Tijdens de bijeenkomst op 7 April, heeft de
Raad van Bestuur van Proviande de desbetreffende principes goedgekeurd.

De eerste stap is om het systeem te implementeren voor rund- en kalfsvlees. Een referentiemonster moet genomen worden van elk dier in het slachthuis als bewijs van herkomst met
behulp van DNA. Vervolgens worden deze monsters geanalyseerd in een Zwitserse laboratorium. De technologiepartner in dit project is IdentiGEN Ltd.

De nieuwe controleregeling zal in de toekomst de transparantie en de herkomstdeclaratie van Zwitsers vlees versterken, dankzij het duidelijke bewijs van herkomst. Dit zal het
vertrouwen van de consument verder versterken.

Brits bedrijf Seafresh levert M & S met DNA-traceerbare gekweekte garnalen (9/6/2018)

UK importeur Seafresh is ingesteld om de supermarkt Marks & Spencer te voorzien van gekweekte garnalen die, voor de eerste keer, met behulp van DNA technologie
kwaliteitsborging kan bieden met betrekking tot de herkomst en kwaliteit.

Door middel van verbeterde transparantie binnen de leveranciersketen, zal het TraceBack-programma ook ethische arbeidspraktijken bevorderen binnen de wereldwijde
garnalen-industrie.

De technologie – reeds toegepast in de vleesindustrie – is ontwikkeld door DNA traceability bedrijf IdentiGEN, in samenwerking met Seafresh.

De Centraal-Amerikaanse garnalen van Seafresh zullen worden verkocht in M&S supermarkten in het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Dit is de eerste keer dat een dergelijk offer is
aangeboden aan de consument, zei IdentiGEN in een persbericht.

IdentiGEN mede-oprichter en directeur Ronan Loftus zei dat de toepassingvan DNA TraceBack® binnen de industrie brengt een verdere mate van verantwoording met betrekking
tot de productie en de arbeidspractijken. Dit wordt steeds meer geëist door zowel supermarktketen en de consument.

“Met haar complexe en global supply chain, heeft de garnalen-industrie in de afgelopen jaren hoge controverse gekent voor slechte kwaliteit, overmatig gebruik van antibiotica
en publiciteit voor mensenhandel, slavernij en kinderarbeid,” zei hij.

“Dit programma zal gegarandeerde transparantie geven voor zowel de supermarkt als de consument, dat wat ze kopen afkomstig is van erkende leveranciers en voldoet aan de
hoogste normen met betrekking tot productiepraktijken.”

Recente wetenschappelijke vooruitgang in de DNA technologie, heeft DNA gebaseerde traceerbaarheid op grote schaal mogelijk gemaakt, waardoor uitbreiding naar de
visindustrie leverbaar is.

Een monster genomen van een vrouwelijke garnaal kan worden gebruikt om al haar nakomelingen (honderdduizenden garnalen) terug te traceren naar de kwekerij van
oorsprong met ongekende nauwkeurigheid.

“Dit maakt DNA bemonsterings en TraceBack® van grote aantallen garnalen van de eindproduct terug naar hun exacte kwekerij mogelijk op kostefficiënte wijze. Het systeem kan
ook worden gebruikt voor het traceren van gekookte of verderverwerkte garnalen, waar aanzienlijke vermenging van producten van verschillende herkomst kan plaatsvinden.”

IdentiGEN wins major genomics contract with Norwegian salmon breeding consortium (3/14/2017)

IdentiGEN wins major genomics contract

Leading food-animal DNA identification company, Dublin based IdentiGEN, today announced the successful award of a major contract.

IdentiGEN will serve the multi-annual breeding objectives of Marine Harvest and SalmoBreed (a Benchmark Holdings plc. company), two of the world’s leading salmon breeding companies together with Nofima (the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research).

Enabled by advances in high-throughput genotyping technology, IdentiGEN will support the ambitions of its aquaculture clients to develop and deliver productive, safe and sustainable seafood through improved genetics.

The initial contract, which involves DNA analysis of hundreds of thousands of fish, provides a foundation for the future DNA analysis of millions of salmon farmed throughout the world.

Through the power of genomic selection, traits of significant economic value including growth rate, disease resistance and product quality, can be advanced by naturally harnessing the genetic variation that exists within the breeding population.

IdentiGEN’s Managing Director and Founder Ciaran Meghen said: “We are particularly excited to work with the Consortium, as the Norwegian industry sets the pace for global innovation.

“As aquaculture production recently surpassed wild caught fisheries, the importance of genetic improvement across diverse farmed fish and shellfish species cannot be underestimated.”

Marine Harvest Genomics Specialist Dr. Matthew Baranski commented: “As the cost of genomic testing has fallen the opportunity for its uptake has accelerated and we are pushing the boundaries of its application in aquaculture, as the potential to improve productivity using these techniques is compelling”.

SalmoBreed’s Dr. Borghild Hillestad confirmed that IdentiGEN had been selected based on a combination of its technical capabilities, quality of service and competitiveness in responding to the Consortium’s requirements. 

Further Information
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications, Dublin, Ireland.
[email protected] / 00353 (0) 86 317 9731. 

Information for Editors 

About IdentiGEN
IdentiGEN is a leading provider of DNA identification solutions to the international agri-food industry, with laboratory operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Canada. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. www.identigen.martinkokes.cz

About Marine Harvest
Marine Harvest Group is the world’s leading seafood company and largest producer of farmed salmon, with presence in 24 countries and a total of 12,400 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). 

About SalmoBreed
SalmoBreed is a world leading company within breeding and genetics of Atlantic salmon. The head office is in Bergen, Norway and the company is owned by the UK listed company Benchmark Holdings plc. 

About NOFIMA
Nofima was established in 2008, and is Europe’s largest institute for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food. The institute delivers internationally recognised research and develops solutions that provide a competitive edge throughout the value chain.