Irish pork producers will be the first to provide national DNA-based traceability program to verify the origins of pork, ham, bacon and other processed pork products. IdentiGEN Ltd., which pioneered the development of DNA-based meat traceability solutions globally, will provide the technology to accomplish this goal.
The Irish Farmers Association’s “DNA Certified” program will use IdentiGEN’s DNA technology to profile and develop a database that contains the DNA of every Irish boar in the country. Both the IFA and other industry organizations will be able to use the database to reinforce the Irish origins of fresh and processed pork to help meet consumer demand for locally produced pork products.
”This groundbreaking initiative introduces a new standard of integrity to the Irish pork sector,” said Ronan Loftus, IdentiGEN director and co-founder. “Globally, this is the first time that a national DNA database of all breeding stock has been established to provide unequivocal guarantees of product origin, potentially creating new opportunities to market Irish pork internationally.”
IFA National Pigs and Pigmeat Chairman Tim Cullinan said “Pig producers and consumers will be secure in the knowledge that solid science is determining the precise origin of pork.”
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