Biological Barcodes Could Track Food Back To The Farm

Inside Dakota Ag

An Ohio company has applied for a patent to develop a biological barcode that could be applied to fruits, vegetables and other food products.

Published on: November 2, 2013

File this under “gee-whiz technology that might be coming soon.”

Or maybe file it under “if you didn’t like premise identification, you’re going to hate this.”

An Ohio based company says it is developing a biological barcode that would be injected into or onto produce so that food safety officials can tell what farm it comes from.

The technology has its roots biological barcodes. Not long ago, scientists discovered that the bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms on on plants and animals are so site specific they can track it back to a farm and even a field. They’ve done it with several different kinds of fish and produce worldwide.

Advanced Biological Marketing recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office two patents to develop organic microbial encoding, or a biological barcodes, for the tracking of produce from the farm to customers’ tables. They will initially track melons, tomatoes and leafy greens.

ABM says it is the process of “identifying and testing inert, non-allergenic biological technology that can be applied to produce as a barcode to help identify fruit and vegetable growers. When viewed under fluorescent light, these barcodes reveal the state, county, processor and grower of that produce.”

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