Applied DNA Sciences Announces DNA Brand Protection for Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs in China

Apr 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Applied DNA Sciences,
 Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   APDN), a DNA security solutions company, today
 announced the collaboration between its sub-licensee, Biowell Technology
 Inc.(Suzhou) ("Biowell"), and Yang Cheng Mitten Crab Association ("YCMCA") to
 apply DNA encryption technology to protect Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs from
     According to YCMCA, 2005 gross sales of Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs were
 estimated at $250 million USD (or $2 billion CNY).  Depending on the size of
 the mitten crab, the unit cost per crab is between $10 and $20 USD.
     "The high demand in China for Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs as a gourmet
 delicacy has led to rampant brand imitation and counterfeiting," stated Dr.
 Jun-Jei Sheu, Chairman and CEO of Biowell. "The real issue here is that
 traditional anti-counterfeit methods do not seem to provide sufficient
 protection against brand imitators.  We believe that an integrated, total
 security approach is needed that involves collaboration with YCMCA and the
 Chinese Government."
     In May 2005, the Chinese government issued bulletin No.71 aimed at
 protecting Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs, and the natural water areas they inhabit.
 This bulletin stipulated that the only breed of mitten crabs that would be
 considered genuine Yang Cheng mitten crabs would be the Chinese Mitten Crab
 (Eriocheir sinensis).  YCMCA is the primary Chinese governmental agent
 responsible for the implementation of bulletin No. 71 and is authorized to
 certify and authenticate Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs.  Since the issuance of
 bulletin No.71, YCMCA has incorporated the use of DNA encrypted ink on the
 label of each packaged case of Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs, and the stapling of a
 DNA labeled ring on a claw of each Yang Cheng Mitten Crab, which provides
 another way to visually identify the Yang Cheng Mitten Crab brand and protect
 it from counterfeit and imitation.  Only crabs that have the YCMCA "origin
 production mark" label will be considered authentic Yang Cheng Mitten Crabs.
     Dr. James A. Hayward, CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, said, "Yang Cheng
 Mitten Crabs mark our entry into food protection, and are a great example of
 how we can work with companies and governments to develop a cohesive anti-
 counterfeit program.  We believe that the scope of opportunity for our
 technology is vast and that many more companies may benefit from the added
 security and value that our technology provides."
     About Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.
     Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (APDN) develops proprietary DNA-embedded
 security solutions that use plant DNA to verify authenticity and protect
 corporate and government agencies from counterfeiting, fraud, piracy, product
 diversion, identity theft and unauthorized intrusion into physical plant and
 databases.  Our common stock is listed on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board
 under the symbol "APDN".  Contact: MeiLin Wan, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., 25
 Health Sciences Drive, Stony Brook, New York 11790; Tel: 631-444-6861; Fax:
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