Aurora Packing, IdentiGEN partner on traceability
July 21, 2011
by MeatPoultry Staff
NORTH AURORA, Ill. — Aurora Packing Company is partnering with IdentiGEN North America to provide DNA-traceable beef for its US and export customers. Aurora Angus Beef with DNA TraceBack is being marketed to high-end restaurants and retail stores.
Angus origins are verified through the animal’s unique DNA barcode, which is gathered using a food-safe sampling device at various stages of production, to quickly trace meat back to the animal of origin.
“Aurora is committed to delivering complete transparency to our customers,” said Lowell Zoet, vice president and general manager of Aurora Packing Company, a 70-year-old company based in Northern Illinois. “We like DNA-based traceability because it offers foolproof assurances to consumers that Aurora Angus has been produced according to the highest standards as set forth in our program.”
DNA TraceBack enables retailers, meat producers, meat processors and foodservice 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 conducts DNA TraceBack analysis for US and Canadian companies at its lab in Lawrence, Kan.