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Universal Detection Technology

May 24, 2011 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology's Radiation Detection Equipment Shipped to Various Customers Including Ones in Japan

Customers Include Companies in Heavy Industry and Telecommunications

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT) (the "Company"), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, announced today that it has shipped radiation detection devices to customers in Japan. The Company's customers include companies in heavy industries, telecommunications, and electronics.

The items shipped in April and May of 2011, include dosimeter systems such as the dosimeters used for measurement of cumulative radiation exposures and advanced survey meters and surface monitors used in detection of contamination on surfaces. The survey meters sold by the Company are particularly useful for detecting contamination in food and water. The isotope identifiers sold by the Company not only detect contamination but also identify the isotope that has been detected. These detectors are amongst the most sensitive for detecting gamma radiation. The shipped items have a price range of $450 for the dosimeters to over $9,000 for the more sophisticated survey meters and isotope identifiers.

Tokyo Electric initially laid out a six- to nine-month timetable for bringing an end to the crisis in mid-April, a month after the catastrophic earthquake that struck northern Japan. But a recent assessment concluded that coolant levels in the No. 1 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi were much lower than previously believed. This meant the fuel assembly at the reactor's core was fully exposed and molten, settling into the bottom of the surrounding pressure vessel and likely damaging the vessel.

"That would make this a very, very bad accident and extremely difficult to clean up," said Kenneth Bergeron, a physicist who used to work at the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Bergeron said the molten core may have damaged some of the lines leading into the pressure vessel, such as the tubes that house the control rod drive mechanisms, leading to the leaks.

"As the focus of the Fukushima disaster shifts from widespread contamination to cleanup efforts we are seeing more interest in our more sophisticated detection devices such as the survey meters and isotope identifiers that can not only detect radiation but also identify the isotope," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, the Company's Chairman and CEO. "We expect this interest to continue as reports of high gamma radiation in the Fukushima prefecture continue," he added.

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Universal Detection Technology (UNDT) is a developer of monitoring technologies, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (DBRN), and mold detection devices. The company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. The Company is a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and chemical agent detectors. For more information, please visit

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