Invisible label to combat counterfeit pills and spoiled food
Together with a colleague at TU Delft, researchers from Utrecht University have developed an invisible and biodegradable label to ensure the safety of food products and pharmaceuticals. A unique barcode indicates that the product actually originated from the manufacturer whose name is on the package.
Built-in sensors can detect whether the product was not sufficiently refrigerated during transport or storage, while another informs the user of a possible bacterial contamination. The researchers are now collaborating with manufacturers to facilitate industrial applications of the label. An article about the research is published in Small (News Item Utrecht University, 18 December 2017).
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