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5 August, 2021 - 02:00 By Tony Quested

PragmatIC helps transform farm to fork ecosystem

PragmatIC in Cambridge is at the heart of a new consortium working on a project to make new technology central to the farm to fork ecosystem. 

The initiative, known as SecQuAL (Secure Quality Assured Logistics for Digital Food Ecosystems), will initially focus on the application of smart labels in pork production, using PragmatIC’s novel flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) to reduce food waste and increase consumer confidence in the food they buy. 

Unique digital IDs will be attached to everyday food packaging, allowing it to be traced, tracked and monitored in real-time.

PragmatIC will also be integrating freshness sensors that can detect the condition of the food and communicate that to consumers. The cutting-edge technology can be applied to provide information on food provenance, monitor cold chain conditions, more accurately predict shelf-life, and even enable direct feedback from consumers to producers.

The SecQuAL consortium draws together experts across technology, software and systems, food production and supply chain regulation and assurance. 

PragmatIC says it is excited to be working with “great partners on this project” including Lloyd's Register Group Ltd, IBM with IBM Food Trust, Cranswick Foods PLC and the Food Standards Authority.

The latest initiative follows on from the company’s recent SPRITE recycling project launch and further demonstrates the deep commitment of the PragmatIC semiconductor team to endeavours that aim to solve global problems faced every day. 

A group of 11 UK companies has been awarded funding by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for the project.

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