Food and Agribusiness Supply Chains – Needs for Authentication and Challenges of Implementing Novel Technologies for Food Tra
Student with interests Business, Agri-business, Sustainability, Supply-chain, Logistics, Industrial Engineering
This topic will focus on mapping and analyzing supply chains for fresh produce items including processed items such as bagged leafy greens, pre-cut melons, and other items. Specifically, this research will focus on better understanding the needs and challenges for securing the supply chain for fresh food and providing critical information at each point in the supply chain, from farm to consumer, that may be important in case of product recall due to a food safety outbreak, tampering, mislabeling, or other factors impacting integrity of the supply chain. This information will condition the testing and implementation of a novel type of identification/authentication technology incorporating dendritic identifiers and blockchain technology. This research was recently proposed to the USDA – National Institute for Food and Agriculture to aid in the securing of food supply chains, especially those of perishable commodities such as fresh produce. This project is intended to run for approximately 2 years.
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