Is Spray-on DNA The Wave of the Future in Food Traceability?

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Is Spray-on DNA The Wave of the Future in Food Traceability?

While it may sound outrageous, a Bay Area startup company has come up with a method of tracing foods back to their origins in the event of a recall or foodborne illness outbreak. The company, DNA Trek, hopes its liquid spray or wax DNA barcodes will revolutionize the food traceability industry, according to recent news reports. Annually, about one in six Americans become sick after eating contaminated foods. DNA Trek hopes to reduce this number, developing a tasteless, colorless, and odorless solution that creates a minuscule-sized bar code for application directly to vegetables and fruits. The technology was invented at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and results in a genetic bar code identifiable by a machine designed to read the bar code. So far, the food industry has not used the new invention, however the FDA has recognized the DNA spray and wax as a safe food additive. Large-scale tests are scheduled to begin in 2015, and DNA Trek is confident its product will be highly sought after as an effective weapon against foodborne illnesses. According to the company, a tiny bit of the food sprayed with the DNA will be sufficient to enable manufacturers to trace the food back to its original source. We will all be waiting to see if this innovative new traceability system gets off the ground next year! At Markem-Imaje, we realize the huge costs associated with foodborne illnesses each year, including recall and medical costs. Our industrial printing equipment is designed to provide manufacturers with superior quality marking, essential for clear date/plant/production codes and other data that helps track products in the event of a recall. As a global leader in coding and marking systems, we invite you to learn more about the solutions we provide today.

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