Is RFID Being Used in the Food-Processing Industry?

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Ask The ExpertsIs RFID Being Used in the Food-Processing Industry?
RFID Journal Staff asked 7 years ago

If so, can you please provide some examples?

—Name withheld


We have not seen a lot of companies in this sector using RFID, but here are some examples we have covered:

RFID to Boost Quality and Yield at Fish-Processing Plants
Marel’s automated ProCon Flowline system enables companies to track each individual basket of fish and its weight as fillets are trimmed and inspected for quality, prior to being packaged and shipped to customers.

Canadian Beef Processor Deploys RFID for Food Safety
Levinoff-Colbex instituted a monitoring system to quickly identify and track any animal products from potentially contaminated or diseased animals.

Red Ledge Brings RFID to Food, Textile, Automotive Industries
Having successfully deployed automation solutions for a variety of manufacturing companies, the British firm is supporting a new trial project using RFID to track goods in transit.

Vietnamese Seafood Producers Look to RFID
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers is working with IBM to provide a system that can track products from farm to point of sale.

Northwest Food Industry Examines RFID’s Potential
Oregon State University, the state’s agriculture department and the Northwest Food Processors Association are working to help the food industry deploy RFID successfully.

Swiss Food Co-op Deploys RFID to Automate Shipment Tracking
Thanks to RFID tags attached to returnable containers, Migros’ East Switzerland regional cooperative knows which refrigerated goods are being loaded onto which truck, and can intervene if a mistake is being made, while stores can also access that data to check the status of their orders.

Royal Food Import Expects E-Seals Will Save It a King’s Ransom
The food importer will soon begin using Savi Networks cargo container seals to track the location and temperature of products being transported from factories overseas to stores in the United States.

Norwegian Group Tracks Super-Chilled Meat
The project was designed to study the ability of RFID sensor tags to track the temperatures of fresh legs of lamb as they were transported by truck from slaughterhouse to distribution center.

Ambitious European Project Traces Food from Farm to Fork
More than a dozen colleges and companies have joined a consortium under the guidance of the University of Wolverhampton, to pilot RFID technology as it tracks the movements of fish, wine, pork and cheese through production and on to retailers.

Thai Shrimp Exporters Use RFID for Automation, Traceability
The technology helps the companies reduce labor costs and improve the ability to trace the foods’ origin and processing in the event of a product recall.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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