PR: Applied DNA receives kosher certification from Orthodox Union for qualifying products

Applied DNA Sciences announced receipt of certification from the Orthodox Union (OU®) for products within the SigNature and CertainT line following a thorough evaluation of the Company’s products and manufacturing processes. The Pareve kosher designation will first be used for the Nutrition21 Nitrosigine® sports supplement product recently announced. The Company’s products and services, used by its customers to manage traceability and authenticity in the name of brand assurance, are also suitable for related markets such as food and pharmaceuticals.

The OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international kosher certification agency, certifying over 800,000 products produced in more than 9,011 plants located in 104 countries around the world. Over $150 billion of kosher certified products are consumed annually, with the OU kosher symbol appearing on close to 70% of America’s kosher certified foods.

"As we grow our presence in food, pharmaceutical and dietary supplements markets, we are pleased to be supportive of the business imperatives critical to meet market requirements that maximize adoption. We are proud to have the OU certification on our qualifying products. OU maintains strict guidelines for certification and ongoing manufacturing, marketing and distribution of products, making Applied DNA’s mission for enabling our customers a platform for proof of authenticity and traceability nicely complementary for OU-certified products," said Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO, Applied DNA.

The Company’s qualifying CertainT and SigNature molecular tags enable companies and their supply chains to designate a unique molecular identity to products with meaning specific to the tagged material: for example, geographic facility location, brand, product line or date of manufacture. This tag can be blended into ingredients and packaging inks and varnishes in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and dietary supplements industry. The tag enables its carrier to be verified for authenticity and blending detection, either at the customer or in the Applied DNA laboratory, depending on application requirements.

"Applied DNA Sciences is leading the way in supply chain authentication," commented Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher, "and we are excited to partner with them as they expand into the market of dietary supplements, food ingredients and nutraceuticals. In turn," he observed, "their molecular tag offers our supervision program an additional instrument for validating the integrity of our certified products."

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and pre-clinical nucleic acid-based therapeutic drug candidates.

Applied DNA makes life real and safe by providing innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion.

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