Monday, April 13, 2009

RFID as a Food Safety Solution

Outbreaks of salmonella, e.coli and other food poisoning means that food safety is still somewhat of a concern.

This is reasonably straightforward, but pallet RFID indicating the field, factories and dates of food could be helpful in preventing these types of situations. It's not perfect, because food gets aggregated all the time, but if food contained RFID tags from picking to sale detailing where it has been and when, it will be easier to remove those foods from the food supply and isolate the places where the problems occurred. ROIC is pretty high on these projects; institutional inertia, a data network and initial capital investment are the hurdles, none of which should be insurmountable.

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