Inside Logistics

DNA tagging allows leather tracing throughout supply chain

DNA can be used to trace the hide of an animal from a farm to the product in a store

November 29, 2019

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., has sucessfully DNA tagged leather at one of the world’s largest tanneries based in Asia.

The work follows a successful research project undertaken within the U.K. that demonstrated SigNature DNA could be successfully used to trace the hide of an animal from a farm to the product in a store. Traceability is essential when supporting claims of sustainability or the humane treatment of the animals.

Further work in commercial tanneries by the Applied DNA UK team took place following the research project in other tanneries to identify the most practical ways to use SigNature DNA technology in the leather supply chain. The research identified efficient and cost-effective methods to apply DNA at specific points in the leather-tanning process map.

The work recently carried out in Asia was focused on tagging both suede and numerous polyurethane leather finishes in a variety of different colors.

“The results are validation of previous work we carried out and we now look forward to the opportunity to apply our technology for the leather industry to help provide much needed traceability for the various stakeholders,” said Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO, Applied DNA.

“We are pleased by the interest shown across the leather industry in offering to leather supply chains.”

Applied DNA has developed the CertainT system for marking leather through the leather value chain by using a DNA tag. This molecular-based technology can help protect leather products, brands, entire supply chains, and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion.

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.