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, regarding the benefits of using RFID to track the location and monitor the temperature of food as it moves through the supply chain. The seminar will explain the current state of RFID technology, and reveal how your organization can deploy the technology to achieve such benefits today.
RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding 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 an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.
April 14, 2010
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. 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 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 technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
From Farm to Salad Bowl: Tracking Fresh Produce
Field-packing into cardboard cartons is the current method for the handling and later transport of all leafy vegetables, including iceberg lettuce. The University of Arizona's Yuma County Cooperative Extension is employing integrated RFID and GPS technologies to georeference field cartons, and to wirelessly transmit grower and harvest protocols via a site-specific, field-level tracking system. The system provides the seamless traceability of produce from the retail shelf back to precise field locations. In this session, learn the latest information about lettuce harvesting, highlighted by a system capable of tracing carton-level packed iceberg lettuce to an exact field location using RFID and GPS technologies. In the event that an issue involving field-level food safety arises, the ability to trace contaminant back to a specific field location is critical to the rapid and effective understanding, management and control of the event.
Dr. Kurt Nolte, Area Extension Agent, Yuma County Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona
• How growers and shippers can employ RFID and GPS technologies to trace a crop's location in the occurrence of a field-level food-safety event
• How an RFID-GPS system can provide a seamless system of traceback to specific grower protocols and field-harvest operations
• How integrating RFID and GPS technologies into harvesting practices can lead to greater lettuce yield determinations, which can later be incorporated into other precision-management strategies
Northwest Food Industry Launches Two-State RFID Project
In an industry-led initiative, the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), Oregon State University (OSU), the Oregon and Washington Departments of Agriculture, and RFID systems integrator InSync are collaborating on a 2010-2011 pilot project, in an attempt to bring RFID to the U.S. Northwest's $21 billion food manufacturing industry. Traceability is critical, with issues ranging from product recalls and food safety to managing risk, improving plant productivity and stakeholder communications, and increasing supply chain visibility. In this session, hear how the pilot project is progressing, and how the group anticipates that RFID can bring efficiency and productivity benefits, including improved inventory management and product movement within a warehouse.
David McGiverin, IPC Advisor, Northwest Food Processors Innovation Productivity Center
Using 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
Using 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, 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
• Using RFID to automate track-and-trace procedures, thereby improving a recall's scope by quickly pinpointing the animals involved in that recall, and by contacting all customers in the supply chain that purchased meat from the cows in question
• How the technology helped the firm to save labor costs and reduce human errors
Adding Business Value While Complying With the Food Safety Modernization Act
The pending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2009 presents many unique, compliance-related challenges to entities at all levels of the food chain, while also providing new opportunities in the areas of quality assurance, operational intelligence, process efficiencies and brand equity management. This interactive session will cover several of these opportunity areas, and demonstrate how and where RFID and other sensory data can augment, and in some instances replace, manual process steps. Specific examples will be offered detailing how these technologies can facilitate compliance with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Traceability and Record Keeping requirements contained in the FSMA legislation.
Chris Foley, Principal, Foley Consultancy LLC
Michael Mc Cartney, Principal, QLM Consulting
• An understanding of how to gain, not lose, efficiencies while complying with FSMA
• How to protect sensitive information, while still providing traceability data to third parties
• Lessons learned from previous HACCP and traceability efforts with meat, poultry, fish and juice
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