U.S. Army places order for biodetectors

The U.S. Army has placed a purchase order with Universal Detection Technology for its 5-agent detection kits as well as for equipment for the detection of ricin and staphylococcal enterotoxin B.

The purchase order comes on the heels of an independent congressional report that brought the U.S. government to task for its failure to respond to the serious, growing threat of bioterrorism.

The January report, issued by the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, gave the government a letter grade of "F" for its failure to enhance the nation's capabilities for rapid response to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties."

"We are proud to be a supplier to the U.S. Army and to be a repeat vendor," Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. "We will continue to market our bioterror detection equipment to all government organizations and we will continue to expand the range of anti-terror products that we offer," continued Tizabi.

Universal Detection Technology's bioterrorism detection devices include a bacterial spore detector developed in cooperation with NASA that detects certain biohazard substances.

The company's 5-agent detection kit handheld assays can detect five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems and antimicrobial products.