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  • Editing Team 17:54 on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Plays an Important Role in Food Safety 

    food-safety-RFID-blogLast month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed two new rules for the food and beverage sector. The regulations require importers to take greater responsibility for the food they bring into the country, which essentially shifts the burden of inspection from the FDA to private companies.

    With the FDA taking a more aggressive role in preventing outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, companies will need to do a better job of ensuring that food is not contaminated, and quickly trace the origin of any food items that are.

    In the past, this would have placed a huge burden on businesses. It would have been unrealistic to require workers in foreign nations to scan unique bar codes on cases of fruit originating on different farms. For one thing, bar codes require human intervention; on the other, they can be rendered useless by mud.

    However, RFID technology can automate data collection. Passive tags on plastic containers can be read as the containers are loaded onto trucks, while GPS data can be linked to those reads, so that every product’s origin is recorded. Battery-assisted temperature sensors, meanwhile, can make sure that the goods are stored at the proper temperature as they move through the supply chain.

    For farmers—particularly small farmers—the cost of deploying an RFID solution could provide to be a hurdle. The FDA will not mandate a specific technology, so smaller farms could employ bar codes on cases and RFID temperature-sensing tags on pallets, in order to reduce costs. This would provide pallet-level traceability, as well as temperature data for both the pallet and the cases stored on it.

    Greater food traceability might cost farmers more in the near term, but if it enables them to pinpoint the origin of contaminated food quickly, then it could help companies avoid a recall—and save them a lot of money in the long term.

    Is it worth the investment in new technology? Although any struggling farms might not agree, RFID can make financial sense. What’s more, it could help protect the public from contaminated foods, and help food marketers avoid costly recalls that would otherwise tarnish their valuable brand names.

  • Editing Team 07:44 on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • Tao Wang 12:51 on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    NEC’ RFID Cold Chain System for Chinese Fast-food Industry 

    RFID-BLOG-FOODChina’s fast-food industry grows rapidly. China now has more than 150 fast-food chain companies, and 3-4 million fast-food stores nationwide. Founded in 1987, the China Cuisine Association is a national restaurant industry association, which enacted numbers of national food industry standards that commissioned by the government. Recently, NEC (China) Ltd. and China Cuisine Association reached an agreement in Beijing that to build a RFID Cold Chain System, to ensure the safety of fast food in Chinese market.

    Food poisoning and other food safety emergencies often occur in summer due to the high temperature.  The numerous shops, wide distribution, variety of raw materials and large quantities are the characters of fast –food industry. To ensure the food safety, row meat and other staple food needs in a specific temperature processing, storage and transport.

    By NEC’s RFID Cold Chain system, food temperature, humidity and other data changes during transport can be record through the RFID tag sensors. All data can be check through network as reference, in order to take more targeted regulatory measures to prevent food poisoning and other food safety incidents. Furthermore, in case of a food safety incident, the real-time monitoring system can find the origin and distribution of the problem food in a very short time, which helps the food control department to minimize the effect of incident.

  • Rui Wang 00:24 on April 8, 2010 Permalink
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    RFID for Food Supply Chain 

    Hong Kong always needs the huge support of food supply from mainland China since 1962 due to their limited resource and geographical reasons. The Hong Kong citizen concerns about food product quality from mainland since  several food safety crisis happen in mainland by 2005. As the result, the HK Government Center for Food Safety was established on May 2006 to ensure the safety of food sold in Hong Kong.

    Guangdong Province is located on north of Hong Kong, 80% of mainland food supplied to Hong Kong are from Guangdong. The local government encourages business to use RFID technology in food products fields, to ensure the quality of food supplied to Hong Kong. The successful “RFID pig tag” pilot project as example, a total of 640 pigs has tested with “RFID pig tag” which is different from the traditional livestock ear tag. It will provide more and more accurate information, including the origin of pig; the feed during breeding; the drugs and vaccines had been injected etc. The quarantine testing result indicate that all pigs meets the health and safety requirements of HK SAR.

    Not only in Guangdong, more and more Chinese local governments and related business are focuses on RFID technology to track food products through the supply, so that the food industry can achieve two most important objectives by RFID solution, which is tracking the origin of food and the fully transparency in the food supply chain.

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