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A review: RFID technology having sensing aptitudes for food industry and their contribution to tracking and monitoring of food products

By Jean Clency Fabien Bibi, Carole Guillaume, Nathalie Gontard and Brice Sorli


RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology has considerably grown in the past few years and is nowadays sought to be implemented for the identification of products and for traceability in the agrifood sector, ensuring food safety and quality. RFID is now considered as the worthy successor of the barcode with a foreseen expansion not only in the agrifood sector, but also in industrial sectors for environmental monitoring (temperature, relative humidity and luminosity) through namely WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) and WST (Wireless Sensor Technology). Research studies are being progressively performed in the objective of coupling sensors to the RFID technology. This interfacing would lead to a better monitoring of packaging headspace by means of the development of different sensors, as well as their coupling to RFID tags through the microchip or directly to the RFID antenna. The present work gives an overview of the basics of the RFID technology, the existing sensors and the ones being developed to be interfaced with the technology, as well as the existing RFID sensor tags. The presented literature studies, mainly in the agrifood sector, demonstrate how RFID may meet our needs for a better monitoring of food quality by coupling radio frequency communication and traceability. The implementation of sensors which is a very new technology being studied and concomitantly developed may lead to a better detection of food degradation markers and thus to a reduction in food loss which is one of the world's major issue

Topics: RFID technology, Traceability, Food monitoring for safety, Sensors, RFID tags, radio frequency identification, food quality, sécurité alimentaire, qualité des aliments, secteur agroalimentaire, rfid, traçabilité des aliments, [SDV.IMM]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Immunology
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.tifs.2017.01.013
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01602565v1
Provided by: HAL-CIRAD
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