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Intelligent labels reduce food waste

Intelligent labels reduce food waste
May 24
09:56 2013

ttz Bremerhaven is developing novel intelligent labels to monitor temperature abuse of frozen food and oxygen content in modified atmosphere packaged products.

Controlling the post production life cycle of food is an important element of food supply chains. Improper handling of the product during transport, storage and in households results in quality defects, increases the risk of microbial growth, subsequent spoilage and waste of edible food. The IQ-Freshlabel project develops Time Temperature Integrators (TTIs) to monitor temperature abuse of frozen food and subsequent quality loss of products. The researchers also work on the development of an oxygen sensor to monitor atmosphere modifications in MAP food. The implementation of novel smart labels is promoted through the investigation of consumers, retailers and industry expectations.

According to ttz Bremerhaven, the quality and safety of food in the European supply chains could be improved by the use of intelligent labels leading to the reduction of food waste at all levels of the food chain.

IQ-FRESHLABEL is a research project, partly funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework programme. The project runs over 42 months (1st Aug 2010 to 31st January 2014) involving 17 partners from 9 different countries. www.iq-freshlabel.eu


ttz Bremerhaven is an independent research institute which performs application-based research and development. Under the umbrella of ttz Bremerhaven, an international team of experts is working in the fields of food, environment and health.

Author and Scientific Contact:

Marie Shrestha
Team Leader Bio Process Engineering / Food Technology
ttz Bremerhaven
Fischkai 1
D-27572 Bremerhaven (Germany)
Tel.:    : +49 (0)471 48 32 -144
Fax:     +49 (0)471 48 32 – 129
mshrestha@ttz-bremerhaven.de
www.ttz-bremerhaven.de

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