Scientists have developed the gadget for packets of perishable foods, which can tell when the contents are nearing their use - by date
Computer chips in futuristic food packaging could warn consumers when their food is about to go off, it has been reported.
Scientists have developed the gadget that can be inserted into packets of perishable foods, which will be able to assess when the contents are nearing their use - by date, an EU committee of peers has heard.
The Daily Mail said the chipscould potentially alert the owner by sending them a text message telling them they need to eat the food.
According to the newspaper, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, the committee chair told environment minister Dan Rogerson that one witness giving evidence to the committee in the Netherlands said: “We’re quite close to commercial production of a small chip which would go into packaging which would measure the actual deterioration of the rate of food. ”
She said the current convention of the best before date “assumes that everything’s equal. It just assumes that you all keep your food at the same temperature whereas this would actually respond to what the real conditions are”.