January 8, 2004

 

 

USDA Approves eMerge's CattleLog System As A Process Verified Program In Animal Tracking

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved technology company eMerge Interactive, Inc. attleLog(TM) system as a Process Verified Program (PVP). 

 

eMerge's CattleLog system provides individual animal data-collection and reporting tools to cattle producers, meat packers and retailers and is capable of tracking the nation's cattle supply, which may prove helpful in providing source and custody information for animal health emergencies, including foot-and-mouth disease and BSE.  Almost 800 current customers are already using CattleLog to track cattle, monitor their supply chains, and assure their customers that their cattle meet specific criteria.

   

The PVP designation is designed to provide livestock and meat producers an opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent, quality products by having their written manufacturing processes confirmed through independent, third-party audits. The USDA Process Verified Program uses the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 9000 series standards for documented quality management systems as a format for evaluating documentation. To qualify, companies must submit documented quality management systems and successfully pass extensive onsite audits.

   

"We are very pleased to receive the PVP designation from the USDA for our CattleLog animal tracking and database management system," stated David C.Warren, eMerge's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We have developed what we believe is the best data collection and animal tracking solution serving the U.S. beef industry.  By gaining USDA approval, which involved a comprehensive approval process that began in June 2003, eMerge becomes the first USDA-approved provider of individual animal identification and life history tracking services. The PVP designation provides independent verification that our policies and procedures are designed to ensure the integrity and security of the data collected with our systems.  CattleLog is designed to be a key tool that allows our customers, from small operators to commercial feedlots, to track and identify animals through the supply chain at a time of growing need.

   

"As evidenced by the recent discovery of BSE in the U.S., cattle identification and tracking are priority issues to the U.S. beef industry," continued Mr. Warren.  "With this government-verified system, eMerge's customers are able to manage and gain visibility into their cattle supply chain with confidence, knowing that the eMerge system has received this quality designation.  In addition, we are confident that eMerge's CattleLog system will accommodate USDA's national animal identification requirements as they are finalized."

 

About eMerge Interactive

   

eMerge Interactive, Inc. is a technology company providing VerifEYE(TM)food safety systems, individual-animal tracking and database management services to the beef-production industry. The Company's individual animal-tracking technologies include CattleLog(TM), an exclusive USDA Process Verified Program providing data-collection and reporting that enables beef-verification and branding. The Company's food-safety technologies include VerifEYE(TM), a meat-inspection system that was developed and patented by scientists at Iowa State University and the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA for which eMerge Interactive holds exclusive rights to its national and international commercialization.

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