RFID in the Food Chain

June 24, 2010 — 11 AM to 1 PM EST

Gold Sponsor:
BA Systems
Lowry AutoID

This virtual event is designed to educate growers, distributors and producers of food and food products, as well as systems integrators and other implementers, regarding the benefits of using RFID to track the location and monitor the temperature of food as it moves through the supply chain. Hear about the current state of RFID technology, and learn how your organization can deploy the technology to achieve such benefits today.

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11:05 AMUsing RFID to Improve Food Safety and Business Efficiencies in the Meat-Processing Industry
In 2003, the discovery of a sick cow diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow disease," led to the slaughter of thousands of cattle, as well as a ban on imports of Canadian cattle and beef from the United States, Japan and other nations. In 2006, the Canadian government took a stringent approach to tracking all cattle and preventing the spread of diseased animals, requiring ranchers to identify each cow with RFID ear tags. In the province of Quebec, the government adopted even more stringent livestock traceability requirements, by requiring calves born on Quebec farms to be RFID-tagged such that the tags could only be removed at the slaughterhouse, thus ensuring traceability from birth to death. Hear how Levinoff-Colbex, the largest meat-processing facility in eastern Canada, has developed an RFID tracking system to reduce public health risks from potentially harmful meat contaminations, as well as improve recall process efficiency and reduce revenue risk as a result of potential large-scale recalls.
Stéphane Dubé, Quality Assurance Manager, Levinoff-Colbex S.E.C.
Grégory Pétrieux, VP, Business Development, Epsilia
11:30 AMRFID Technology in the Food Chain
Which technologies are right for the growers, distributors and producers of food and food products? A leading technology provider will explain how their solutions can be employed to track the location and monitor the temperature of food as it moves through the supply chain. In addition, the session will include a question-and-answer period, and the online audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers.
William Mapp, President, BA Systems, LLC
11:45 AMProduce Traceability Enabled by RFID in Action
Are you interested in learning about a real-life RFID application in the produce industry? Lowry Computer Products, a leading systems integrator, will walk attendees through a real-world example of how RFID has been implemented in the produce industry. This use case will demonstrate how the technology has improved its traceability, as well as the efficiencies it has achieved. In addition, the session will include a question-and-answer period, and the online audience will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speaker.
Scott Branch, Product Manager, Lowry Computer Products
12:30 PMUsing RFID to Estimate Shelf Life Dynamically
The U.S. Department of Defense's First Strike Rations (FSR) have approximately a two-year shelf life when stored under normal storage conditions (80 degrees Fahrenheit). Under high-temperature conditions, however, a significant degradation occurs in FSRs' quality and nutritional content. Considering the crucial importance of FSRs, it's essential to quantify the quality decrease following exposure to high temperatures, as well as from extreme environmental conditions during transit. In this session, learn how researchers at the University of Florida employed temperature-sensor-equipped RFID technology and a shelf-life estimation algorithm to calculate FSRs' remaining shelf life, thereby significantly improving food quality, safety and security within the military supply chain. The presenters will explain the significance for commercial food suppliers.
Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D., Director, Cold Chain Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida