SEOUL, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- South Korea aims to develop a new food tracking system that could generate up to 12 trillion won (US$10.3 billion) worth of new business opportunities every year, a state-run research institute said Wednesday.
Citing the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), Yonhap news agency reported that the "u-Food System" to be developed by 2014 will be designed to follow and record the condition of food products from the farm to consumers.
Some 12.5 billion won project includes the creation of working testbeds that make extensive use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, ubiquitous sensor networks (USN) and other advanced information technology (IT) products.
Such measures allow the food, distribution and electronics industry to invest money and resources in developing related products like refrigerators, storage facilities and a wide range of electronic sensors and communication devices.
"In effect, the RFID-USN combination can allow consumers and food distributors to know the condition of the food they have in storage or want to buy, and prevent people from eating products that have gone bad," said Kim Byeong-sam, head of distribution research at KFRI.
This can be done by keeping track of the production date, following temperature readings in the distribution process which can spoil food prematurely, and developing a sensor designed to directly check the food.
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