Novel Time Temperature Indicator Label to Reduce Waste

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Novel time temperature indicator label that can reduce waste has been discovered, according to a report published on March 16, 2019.

This new innovation is a smart labeling project that is capable of bringing in drastic reduction in food waste. A Time Temperature Indicator label (TTI) can provide real-time information regarding a product’s condition throughout its supply chain journey. It uses a traffic light system to highlight the condition of the goods, which highlights shelf-life issues.

By using the amber-colored call-to-action function, the system also has the potential to save greater amounts of waste by alerting consumers to the condition of the goods as they deteriorate. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which is a U.K.-based center, is engaged in helping companies to develop, prove, prototype, and commercialize next-generation products and processes.

CPI collaborated with SMEs Intray Limited and Mexar Limited to develop wet media formulations to ramp up production of the Oli-TecTM branded TTI. CPI said that existing sell-by, use-by, and best before dates does not provide complete information and alerts to consumers on the shelf life status and degradation of goods. This will result in greater risk of health hazards and increased waste.

Sarah Williams, Manager, Colloid Science at CPI, said, “We are excited to work with Intray and Mexar to develop the next generation of food safety labels, supporting the development of the wet media and timing mechanism.” The 18-month project is expected to help Intray strengthen manufacturing expertise by extending the use of TTI in other applications such as the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

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