To view PDF files, you must have a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available as a free download:
Radio frequency identification (RFID) transmits product information using radio waves. The agri-food industry is beginning to use this technology to enhance food quality, safety and traceability.
Contact the CVO/Food Safety Knowledge Centre by email or call 204-795-7968.
For general information, contact your local GO Office.
RFID technology helps manage information on food materials (for example, product identity, supplier or serial number) as they enter and move through the farm-to-fork distribution chain.
A system consists of three main components:
Superior information handling
RFID tags are becoming the next generation of barcodes.
Enhanced recall and traceability
Recent high-profile food security issues make rapid, effective recall and traceability systems necessary.
Improved supply and distribution chain management
RFID is an enabling technology that improves supply and distribution chain management.
High startup costs
The initial costs for RFID computer software, reader(s) and tags are high and may be difficult for some companies to absorb.
Training designated employee(s)
The time and money to train employees to implement and use RFID systems can be expensive. RFID vendors should provide custom training and information to help integrate this technology into their customers' business operations.
Developing the RFID network
An effective RFID network requires supply chain partners to have compatible software and information systems to access, share and update data.
Emerging privacy issues
The data sharing requirements of this technology and even the possibly of unauthorized tag readings have caused concern over the loss or compromise of proprietary information.
Accuracy of tag reading
RFID radio waves may be disrupted by environmental factors such as rotating electrical machinery, metal and moisture.