The marking of animal pelts will ensure security of the leather supply chain

The marking of animal pelts will ensure security of the leather supply chain

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is working with the BLC Leather Technology Centre (BLC) on DNA-tagged pelts that will help improve leather supply chain transparency. 

The two groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to utilise SigNature T DNA to mark animal pelts to safeguard a secure supply chain. This transparency is aimed at preventing the introduction of animal pelts from unsustainable and unethical sources, and ensures DNA-tagged pelts will be converted into leather by designated manufacturers and ultimately made into finished goods. 

The two organisations will work together to drive interest from the leather community and aim to complete feasibility
testing over the next six months. All of the work Applied DNA has completed to date in cotton, wool and synthetic textiles has, it says, laid the groundwork for marking animals, pelts and leather. 

"We will continue the expansion of our DNA applications in secure supply chains," says Dr James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA. "DNA can be the molecular embodiment of brand, but we can also ensure claims that are essential to the modern consumer, such as organic and sustainable environmental practices, as well as ethical sourcing."

Victoria Addy, technical director of BLC, adds: "The ability to have a truly secure supply chain for the leather industry using Applied DNA SigNature DNA would provide full traceability and the opportunity for real environmental sustainability dealing with animal welfare and supply chain risk management, which are key issues currently facing brand owners, and we are delighted to be the pioneers to help make this available to our customers."

Last month, Applied DNA said its SigNature T DNA supply chain authentication technology is to be used to mark the purity of 10m pounds of Acala cotton for the first time.

DNA tagging to mark purity of 10m pounds of Acala cotton