Here are some key questions and answers about SafeTraces.
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SafeTraces is a “liquid barcode.” It is a tracing system that allows food producers and distributors to apply unique, edible, plant-based barcodes directly on or in food products such as fresh produce, protein, prepared foods, etc. These barcodes are all-natural, odorless, flavorless, and meets G.R.A.S. criteria. No GMO products are used in the production of the barcodes.
The SafeTraces barcodes contain complete traceability information. During their usual food processing steps, producers apply these all-natural barcodes by either spraying them onto the produce or by adding them directly to the bulk (cereal, olive oil, etc.). Each piece of produce carries with it information about where it was grown, who picked it and when, equipment used, farming methods, etc. The information can be easily read using an off-the-shelf instrument, a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) reader. This can be done by anyone in the food supply chain, including processors, distributors, wholesalers, or retailers. If there is a problem, long after the packaging has been thrown out, the origin of any food product can still be identified. Tracing food back to its source with SafeTraces takes minutes versus weeks with existing, costly methods that often yield inconclusive results, if any. The same process also works for detecting food adulteration or fraud, such as in olive oil, honey, or juices.
SafeTraces can be applied in many different ways – mixed directly with the food or sprayed-on as part of rinses, washes and food coatings. That is why it can be applied to pretty much every type of food, including olive oil, cantaloupe, honey, coffee beans, seafood, meat, apples, and leafy greens.
It will not, and here is why. Producers and processors today apply barcode stickers, and multiple times throughout the food supply chain. That is why you often see a single apple with three stickers at your local produce market and even more stickers on produce cartons. With SafeTraces, the food’s origination source only needs to be applied once and can be read as needed throughout the food supply chain without getting lost. Furthermore, when there is a foodborne illnesses outbreak, producers and processors often recall all their foods or products as a precaution, costing them lots of money and tarnishing their image. Tracing food back to the farm within minutes allows producers and wholesalers to issue recalls as needed, not as a potentially unnecessary, but costly precaution. Even without accounting for all these savings, if SafeTracesTM was applied on every single food item a person consumes it would add only approximately 70 cents to an annual grocery bill.
Yes. SafeTraces provides all-natural, edible, odorless, flavorless, plant-based barcodes that meet G.R.A.S. criteria. The barcodes are applied in minute trace amounts of about one billionth of a gram.
No. It is consists of all-natural, edible, odorless, flavorless, plant-based barcodes.
You cannot taste it. It is tasteless and odorless.
SafeTraces is invisible. It is mixed in with existing coatings, such as waxes or rinses, or applied directly to bulk (cereal, olive oil, etc.). The food source is easily identified by using an off-the-shelf device instrument, a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) reader. This can be done by anyone in the food supply chain, including processors, distributors, wholesalers, or retailers. As PCR technology advances, end consumers can expect to identify the food source in the future.
Anyone with a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) reader can read the barcodes. Right now, this will be mostly producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers. As PCR reading technology advances, the end consumer may be able to read the codes.
The liquid barcodes are applied in minute, trace amounts, about a few billionth of a gram. SafeTraces is all-natural, odorless, flavorless, and meets G.R.A.S criteria. It is not a GMO.
Our goal is to improve food traceability and food safety. So, we want every producer and processor to be able to use it. That is why we have priced our products so that cost compared to existing barcoding systems will not an issue. The cost depends on the type of food to which it is applied. Contact us for more details.
It is not necessary to wash off SafeTraces, as it is applied in minute quantities and is a naturally-produced, FDA-approved material. In some cases, it can be fully removed, and in some cases traces will remain. Please contact us for more information on specific food products.
Co-mingling of products is not an issue for traceability with SafeTraces. Testing has shown that SafeTraces barcodes are readable after transport and after mixing with other products. This applies to leafy greens as well as to cantaloupe, for example.
Yes, they do. They have a longer shelf life than the products to which they are applied. Freezing will preserve the barcodes just like the frozen food.
SafeTraces barcodes will generally not survive cooking if the food is properly prepared.
Milk, honey, olive oil, juices, and other food products are frequently adulterated with less expensive ingredients, clouding agents and sometimes with dangerous ingredients, such as melamine, formaldehyde, and toxic dyes. By applying SafeTraces to these foods, we are able to determine whether they have been tampered with. This is done by precisely measuring the ratio of SafeTraces to the food. If the ratio has become smaller, other ingredients have been added.