Reducing Food Wastage via RFID

CATRENE-Pasteur-project-reduce-food-wastage-RFID-blogEveryday countless foods are wasted all over the world. Recent European research shows that 40%-50% of all food production is being wasted. This has serious implications on the global supply of adequate food stocks and also contributes to escalating food costs. In addition to consumer food waste, the food industry discards €28 billion of spoiled goods every year while within the home €400 worth of fruit, bad meat and other perishables are thrown away by every household every year.

However, RFID can make a difference. Europe’s CATRENE-Pasteur project has developed a flexible tag combining RFID and sensor technology that can drastically cut food wastage. The tag attaches to bulk transportation containers and provides continuously updated data on how long the food they contain will stay fresh. This could help food distributors cut the amount of food spoiled before it reaches to the shops.

Further models for food quality prediction are being developed based on available sensor data and will be translated into algorithms that can be implemented on the smart sensor tag. In addition, technologies are being developed to reduce power requirements and boost read efficiency.