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Cold Chain

RFID in Cold Chain

On January 4th, 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new law states forthcoming regulations that revolve solely around improvements in Food Safety, which require increased visibility of products tracked and monitored throughout the entire supply chain. The FSMA calls for a shift in the FDA's focus toward new food traceability rules aimed at preventing food contamination, rather than responding to specific instances of food-borne illness.

RFID technology allows the food industry to trace products and record environmental conditions in the complete food supply chain, and is the most viable solution to address the requirements of the new laws.

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In addition, RFID provides users with a tremendous return on their investment beyond FDA compliance. Once RFID is deployed to track food products, the additional benefits users receive are immediate increases in day-to-day efficiencies. Plus, since RFID is a scalable technology, it provides a multitude of future efficiencies along the entire food chain, preventing recalls and providing enhanced freshness all at the same time.

The FDA has selected standards from the nonprofit organization GS1 to monitor products in the food supply. GS1 is a global body that has developed standards to improve efficiency and visibility in supply chains for health care and other industries. RFID READY experts are part of GS1 and understand the standards and how those apply to the industry.

Benefits of using RFID in Cold Chain:

• In-transit temperature monitoring, which allows action to be taken if necessary to prevent spoilage.
• Manage chain of custody to ensure efficacy and quality.
• Increased speed of cycle counts, decreasing the labor required while simultaneously increasing the accuracy of the count along with the condition of the product.
• Automatic ability to create an automated shipping notice (ASN) based on the products in the container and the time of departure of that container.