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RFID in the Food Chain

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

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through either the Full Conference Pass or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 16, 2008

10:00 am

General Session: RFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session is open to all preconference seminar attendees who want to gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a very brief overview of the EPCglobal Network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal LLC

10:45 am

Movement from Room to Room

11:00 am

How to Track and Secure Food Shipments
The use of highly functional RFID tags equipped with sensors can significantly improve the ability to track food shipments and enhance food quality, safety and security. Pilot projects run jointly by the University of Florida and the U.S. Army Natick Soldiers Research's Development & Engineering Center are exploring how sensor-equipped tags can improve military food logistics. Hear what the pilots have revealed, and how commercial food distribution and retail companies can benefit from these learnings.

Jean-Pierre Emond, Co-director, IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, University of Florida
Stephen M. Moody, RFID Program Coordinator, U.S. Army

11:45 am

Overcoming Food Quality and Safety Concerns with RFID
The State of Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture implemented a passive RFID-based food traceability program as a “farm to fork” fresh harvest solution. By tracking the route of the produce moving from the grower to the DC and on to the retail store, the project provided an audit trail and identifiable standards of excellence in food safety and quality. In this session, hear why the department chose this technological solution to increase customer confidence, and how it implemented it to mesh with existing systems.

Dr. John M. Ryan, Administrator, Quality Assurance Division, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture

12:30 pm


1:45 pm

Dairy Farm Milks Savings From RFID
At Costa View Farms in Madera, Calif., more than 6,000 dairy cows have been tagged with passive RFID transponders encoded with unique ID numbers. Learn how the identification system has saved the farm's workers countless hours previously spent searching for and treating cows, while also improving its animal records and even boosting milk production.

Larry Pietrowski, Co-Owner, Costa View Farms

2:30 pm

Protecting the Food Supply
In 2004, 36 million pounds of meat and poultry were recalled in the United States—more than six times the amount recalled in 1988. Recent recalls have included E. coli contamination of packaged salads, cantaloupe and unpasturized juice. RFID can play a critical role in recalls, enabling companies to recall only products that are potentially tainted. This could save millions of dollars, protect the reputation of valuable brands and ensure public safety. Learn about the costs and benefits of using RFID to track goods for potential recall, as well as the technology infrastructure needed to make it happen.

Bill Hardgrave, Director, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas

3:15 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 pm

How the First Italian Supply Chain Project Benefited the Food Iindustry
Thirteen major companies and worldwide corporations, including Conad, Danone, Nestlè and Parmalat, are experimenting to determine how RFID can help automate their supply chain processes, as well as the value that can be derived from secure EPCIS data-sharing through the EPCglobal Network.The project deployment enables all supply-chain players to accurately follow more than 20,000 product cases in real time throughout the supply chain, all the way down to shelf replenishment. Business intelligence modules, real-time-powered by the Internet of Things, provide end users with the value-added information they need.

Antonio Rizzi, Director, RFID Lab, University of Parma

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