Smart Food Cartons: Knowing Fresh

Cornell University Innovation

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Milk Cartons that Are Smart and Help You
This new gadget technology, a smart food carton, is designed to prevent food waste by helping consumers and retailers know how fresh a product actually is.  The container is more precise than the expiration dates we look for on a product.  Cornell University food scientists call it the carton of the future.  It gives consumers precise "best-by time" data.

Shelf Life Information that is Precise
The Cornell team is applying digital agriculture tools directly to the cartons to specify the shelf life and history of the product.  Their research is particularly targeted at milk cartons because consumers get rid of them so quickly based on the best by date.  Most consumers don't know that date indicates when the product is likely to be at peak quality not the expiration date.

Cornell's  New Tech
Cornell has developed a QR code and sensor placed inside the smart carton.  The code contains information on where the milk originated and was processed.  The sensor tracks when the milk was packaged and storage temperature. The consumer gets the information with their smartphone and an app that tells them how much longer it will be good to consume.  The technology Cornell is working on is for wholesalers, retailer and consumers.  For a free Kindle borrow on innovative new gadgets like this, go to amazon.com/author/ekane ASIN: B07RSLHMWK


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