SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

November 12, 2008 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Analysis of the Recent Rise of "Suspicious Powder Mailings"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 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, today issued an analysis of the rise of "suspicious powder mailings" as well as reports of a fatality caused by inhalation anthrax in the United Kingdom.

In the last month more than 30 letters containing a suspicious powder were mailed to Chase bank branches and federal banking regulators' offices in nine cities. According to a law enforcement official, the letters were mailed to Chase bank branches in or near Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Newark, N.J., New York City, Oklahoma City and Washington.

The FBI has arrested a 66-year-old US national suspected of mailing more than 120 packages marked "anthrax" to media outlets. The white powder was found to be harmless, said the FBI, but recipients of the packages were told to not touch the substance and report the instance as quickly as possible. The packages were sent along with a compact disc titled "Anthrax: Shock & Awe Terror," and decorated with the image of former secretary of state Colin Powell.

The FBI also released a report that it had investigated over 900 threats made with envelopes containing white powder probably meant to look like anthrax. "Interesting enough, over the past two-years, the FBI has responded to over 900 of these threat letters," said FBI spokesman Rich Kolko. "Even sending a hoax letter is a serious crime," he added.

Earlier this month a man in London died of anthrax after inhaling anthrax spores while handling imported animal skins. The death sparked a health alert in London and the Health Protection Agency is examining the home and workshop of the victim. This is the second incident in the last 2 years where a drum maker in the U.K. has died after exposure to animal hide tainted with anthrax.

UNDT's anthrax detection equipment has been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. The equipment has been evaluated by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military. The equipment can notify a first responder of the presence of anthrax in as little as three minutes. UNDT's BSM-2000 system is an autonomous airborne detector of bacterial spores. The system samples the ambient air and can notify a first responder of elevated levels of bacterial spores which is a typical signature of an airborne anthrax attack.

"The rise in the incidence of suspicious powder scares and mailings usually correlates with a rise in the levels of public insecurity. This may be caused either by international or domestic terrorist incidents or more recently by the financial crisis," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's Chief Executive Officer. "Our nation's first responders need to be ever vigilant and treat each incident as an actual attack and prosecute the perpetrators of these hoaxes," 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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