SO. ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Digital Angel Corporation, an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high value assets, announced that its European distribution partner, Merial, has ordered more than 50,000 of the company's proprietary implantable RFID (radiofrequency identification) microchips for pets in response to a surge in demand due to a recent rabies incident in the Bordeaux region of France. Atlanta-based Merial is one of the world's leading animal healthcare companies.
The rabies incident was triggered by an infected dog transferred illegally into
"This incident has led to an incredible demand for RFID microchips in
The European Union (EU) has declared an October 1 deadline for compliance with the EU Pet Passport Program which mandates all companion pets to have a passport bearing the animal's microchip or tattoo number for identification as well as records of all vaccinations, clinical examinations and other data before being allowed entry to a member country. European Union regulations also require that electronic scanners that can read implantable microchips be placed at all ports of entry to EU countries.
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Source: Digital Angel Corporation