Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

DNA Trace-Back Guarantees Meat Source

December 21, 2000

A DNA trace-back system developed by New Zealand researchers could provide British and European meat consumers with an assurance their product is from a BSE free-country. This system was developed in conjunction with Richmond Ltd, a major New Zealand meat exporter.

easiTrace™ is a scientific trace-back system developed by AgResearch New Zealand which allows meat retailers and consumers to trace their meat back to the processing plant, and the farm of origin, even if that is on the other side of the world.

UK meat retailers and wholesalers who are supplied by Richmond Ltd are already using the system to trace meat cuts back to the actual New Zealand farm it originated from. Food safety-conscious British consumers can therefore eat their meat with the assurance of the its origin and integrity.

Successful proof of concept trials have already been completed by British, Australian and other European meat processors.

Guaranteeing the country of origin gives meat consumers confidence of their meat source and offers food safety assurance. The scientific proof and documentation gives assurance that meat is sourced from a BSE-free country such as New Zealand.

Bruce Williams, executive director of Sastek Pty Ltd, which is marketing easiTrace™ in the UK and Europe, believes the DNA-based solution presents huge opportunities for guaranteed traceability to meat consumers world-wide.

“We can take DNA from a sample of meat from a UK supermarket, and say with certainty where the animal has come from. Having that absolute assurance of the country of origin, and even the farm of origin, provides a guaranteed product source, and the safety associated with that.”

“It means consumers can have a choice about meat purchases, knowing if they buy from a BSE-free source it has without doubt originated from that country,” he said.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Scott, Bruce Williams
Sastek Europe + 44 7818421947 Sastek Australia +617 32687311

Aidan Coletta
Richmond Lonsdale +44 1732 740520

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



BusinessNZ: Third Snapshot Report Reveals $9.5 Billion Business Investment In Climate Action

Signatories to the Climate Leaders Coalition have committed to invest $9.5 billion over the next five years to reduce emissions from their businesses, as revealed in their third anniversary snapshot report released today... More>>

Digitl: The home printer market is broken
Printers are more of a security blanket that a serious aid to productivity. Yet for many people they are not optional.
Even if you don’t feel the urge to squirt ink onto dead trees in order to express yourself, others will insist on printed documents... More>>


Serious Fraud Office: Commences Enquiries Into Allegations Of COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Fraud
The Serious Fraud Office has commenced a number of enquiries into alleged abuse of the Government’s COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. Director Julie Read said the allegations relate to multiple complex cases of potential fraud that have been referred to the agency following extensive investigations ... More>>

ComCom: Companies In Hot Water For Selling Unsafe Hot Water Bottles And Toys

A wholesaler and a retailer have been fined a total of $140,000 under the Fair Trading Act for selling hot water bottles and toys that did not comply with mandatory safety requirements. Paramount Merchandise Company Limited (Paramount) was fined $104,000 after pleading guilty in the Manukau District Court... More>>



Reserve Bank: Robust Balance Sheets Yield Faster Economic Recovery

Stronger balance sheets for households, businesses, financial institutions and the government going into the pandemic contributed towards maintaining a sound financial system and yielding a faster economic recovery than following previous deep recessions... More>>


Transpower: Releases Independent Report Into Events Of August 9
Transpower’s Chief Executive Alison Andrew has today released an independent report into the grid emergency of August 9 when insufficient generation was available to meet demand, leading to some customers being disconnected... More>>