VAN WERT, Ohio (October 30, 2013) – Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM)filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) two patents to develop organic microbial encoding, or a biological barcode, for the tracking of produce from the farm to customers’ tables. The food safety tracking system will initially track melons, tomatoes and leafy greens.
ABM’s proposed food safety tracking system is a 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.
The patents filed offer two different and distinct methods of producing the biological barcode, neither of which consists of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“The innovative technology in our food safety tracking system allowsfor concise data to be available so that when there is a particular produce recall, we can track – within 48 to 72 hours – the source of the recall directly back to the processor or grower from which it originated,” said Dan Custis, ABM CEO.
The USDA and FDA have been jointly tasked with developing a program for food tracking, regulation enforcement and safety in the United States’ food distribution system. ABM’s food safety tracking system technology can assist these departments in accomplishing their goal. Once implemented, the tracking system could be extended to growers outside of the United States.