Maple Leaf's porcine traceability system is intended to genetically trace back any pork product to its farm of origin by means of a SNP-based test.
Clinical Data's Cogenics division, a pharmacogenomic services provider, will conduct the work.
The DNA traceability system operates through parentage analysis based on blood samples collected at each farm where traceability is to be established. Each parental animal will have its DNA fingerprint recorded in a searchable database so that pork products can be traced back to their farm of origin by DNA tracing.
Cogenics will develop the fingerprinting panel based on a set of proprietary markers spread throughout the porcine genome, Clinical Data said.
Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.