SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

August 22, 2008 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Comments on Reports of "White Powder" Scare at McCain's Denver Headquarters

The Company's 5-Agent Detector Is Capable of Detecting Anthrax, Ricin, Botulinum Toxin, Plague and SEBs in One Test

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 22, 2008) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT) (FRANKFURT: PO8), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, commented today on the recent "white powder" scare at John McCain's Denver headquarters that led to the evacuation of the building. UNDT's 5-agent detector is capable of detecting Anthrax, Ricin, Botulinum Toxin, Y. Pestis (Plague) and SEBs in one test.

John McCain's headquarters in suburban Denver were evacuated on Thursday after a worker opened a threatening letter and discovered white powder inside. A McCain spokesman told the Associated Press that a similar letter was sent to a McCain office in Manchester, N.H. He did not know if it also contained a powder.

Linda Watson, a spokeswoman for Sky Ridge Medical Center in suburban Centennial, Co., said four workers from the office drove themselves to the hospital. She said they underwent decontamination procedures, but showed no signs or symptoms of exposure to a toxic substance. She said the substance in the letter was being analyzed and results should be available later.

UNDT's 5-agent Bio-terrorism detection kits have been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. Testing of the kits by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military show that the kits show no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered "white powders." The kits were recently purchased by officials at the Beijing Olympics for monitoring of the Olympic venues.

"In the time period leading to the two national conventions and the inauguration that are all scheduled in the next 5 months the number of incidents will likely be on the rise," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UDTT's Chief Executive Officer. "UNDT's 5-agent detectors can accurately detect the presence of the 5 top bio-terror threats in as little as 3 minutes," he added.

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Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The Company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the Company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The Company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and antimicrobial products. For more information, please visit

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