SO. ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Digital Angel Corporation has received a purchase order from Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, for 1.1 million visual ear identification tags for Smithfield's swine operations in Poland.



The first shipments of the visual tags to Smithfield began this month and the remainder will be shipped on a monthly basis.



The order calls for Digital Angel's Denmark-based subsidiary, Daploma International, to deliver the tags to the various farms Smithfield owns and operates throughout Poland. Digital Angel is working with PPA POLNET, Poland's largest tag distributor, on the Smithfield account.



European Union regulations require that all pigs, cattle and livestock throughout Europe, including Poland, be tagged for identification and traceability purposes. While the requirements allow tattooing of pigs, Smithfield has chosen to use visual tags to insure better traceability.



"This is a significant order from Smithfield and obviously a very important milestone for Digital Angel," said Digital Angel CEO Kevin McGrath. "Smithfield is a respected and innovative leader in meat processing throughout the world and is known for the quality of their products. We are proud they have chosen us as a supplier to help them in that effort. We look forward to working closely with them and demonstrating our ability to provide the best in identification and traceability services.



"Livestock tagging and tracking is a global business, and we are working diligently to capture significant portions of the market all over the world," McGrath said. "There is no question that Eastern Europe, in addition to North and South America, is an important market and we believe this new relationship with Smithfield bodes well for our future in that part of the world."



Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of humans, pets, fish, poultry 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.



Digital Angel Corporation is majority-owned by Applied Digital Inc.



SOURCE: Digital Angel Corporation via PR Newswire.