- ST. PAUL -- In response to
a variety of inquiries, Digital Angel Corp. stated today that its proprietary,
microchip meat safety systems are specifically designed to completely fulfill
the livestock tracking and tracing needs necessary to minimize the human
and animal health effects of "mad cow" and other diseases that
can threaten the nation's estimated $50 billion beef industry.
- The Company, whose Destron Fearing division has been
in the animal ID information business for almost six decades, also fully
supports the efforts of politicians and national health advocates who have
called for the immediate adoption of a comprehensive national cattle tracking
and identification program.
- Digital Angel's electronic technology, including patented
FDA-approved RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implantable microchips,
e.Tags, scanning systems, biosensors and software for automated data collection,
allows the animal production industry to capture detailed and reliable
information about an animal's origin, location and health status and assemble
a biography of every animal as it moves through the various points of its
lifecycle ultimately to the processing plant. Within 48 hours, any suspected
animal could be isolated and its source of origin and all subsequent movements
can be pinpointed.
- The company's implantable microchip, Bio-Thermo, measures
the body temperature of animals. It is currently being used in field trials
designed to evaluate the benefits of earlier detection of common health
issues associated with the management of livestock. It is believed that
earlier temperature detection will lead to improved treatment and significant
economic savings for the industry.
- In addition to being a food safety verification tool,
the Digital Angel systems allow producers to automatically collect, report
and store data on individual animals, personnel and husbandry practices.
These systems help the producing and processing companies deal not only
with safety issues, but also herd efficiency goals and the other information
demands of consumer-branded meat products.
- Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor
and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification,
location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value mobile assets.
- Applications for these types of products include identification
and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock through its patented implantable
microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft
in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous
satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature
and movement, through advanced miniature sensors.