Food Traceability and Safety

ABR 3000 tracks produce throughout packaging

Protect Public Health and Your Brand's Reputation

Product recall is costly not only in terms of lost revenue, wasted materials, and production time but also in terms of brand reputation and brand loyalty. The sooner food safety issues can be addressed and mitigated, the lower the risk of a large-scale recall. 

When food safety recalls do occur, it is critical for companies to be able to remove all spoiled or contaminated products from the market as quickly as possible to limit the impact on public health. 

Identification solutions for food traceability not only facilitate faster recalls when they occur, but can help prevent recalls by verifying products at every step. 

Food Traceability Challenges

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Consumers Demand Food Traceability

Traceability in food and beverage industries is more important than ever before, which is primarily driven by growing consumer demand for visibility into the origins of their food.  Also, allergies and sensitivities to specific ingredients, such as those containing gluten, necessitate proper labeling of packaged food products.   

However, as traceability has become even more critical, it has also become much more complicated due to the highly matrixed and global nature of food and beverage supply chains.

A reliable identification application is a foundation for track and trace solutions to ensure that food is safe for consumption and that the source of the ingredients are validated for health- and environmentally-conscious consumers. 

Explore the identification solutions below, or contact us to discuss your specific application. 

Identification Solutions for Food Safety

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Track Food Items Throughout Packaging

Isolate Food Safety Issues with Detailed Tracking

  • In food packaging, barcodes are embedded with information specific to each product and production run to identify products throughout the supply chain.
  • As part of a track and trace program, a packing house verifies product barcodes at multiple points during packaging, creating a record that will allow the company to quickly identify and isolate any product with quality issues in the event of a recall.
  • Imager-based barcode readers, like the ABR 3000 from Banner, are capable of decoding the broadest range of 1D and 2D barcodes. Deployed along the packaging line, the ABR 3000 verifies that the barcode printed on each package is present, readable, and correct for each production run.
  • The information contained in the barcodes is sent via an Ethernet connection to the company’s production management system which records the data for future reference.
iVU BCR reads barcodes on labels at high speeds
Verify Correct Labels

Prevent Recall Due to Undisclosed Allergens

  • Food allergies are potentially lethal to the consumer, so it is essential that food packaging accurately discloses the allergens present in the food item.  By law, eight major foods must be disclosed on packaging: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy. 
  • However, one error that can occur during the processing of packaged foods is when a product is placed in the incorrect packaging, resulting in inaccurate labeling of food contents. 
  • To prevent mislabeled product and ensure quality and food safety, the iVu barcode reader can determine whether the label pattern matches a reference pattern taught to the device. 
  • Automating label inspections with a reliable vision solution improves quality control by reducing the risk of error common to manual inspections, which in turn helps reduce the incidence of a product recall due to undisclosed allergens. 
iVU BCR reads barcodes on labels at high speeds
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Ensure Reliable Performance in Wet Environments

Choose Rugged, Water-Resistant Devices

  • In food and beverage applications, identification devices like barcode readers are often near water, and other liquids used to keep surfaces clean and free from debris or other contaminants that can compromise food safety. 
  • In most cases, identification devices are unlikely to experience direct, high-pressure, high-temperature washdown. 
  • However, water may still come in contact with the devices, so water-resistance is essential to ensure that barcode scanners perform reliably and are not damaged.  
  • Depending on the application, an IP65 or IP67 rated housing ensures that the device will function reliably even when exposed to water.   

Featured Products

ABR 7000 imager based barcode reader
ABR Series

Imager-Based 1D and 2D Barcode Reader

iVu BCR imager-based barcode reader
iVu BCR Series

Imager-Based 1D and 2D Barcode Reader

iVu BCR Series barcode readers combine powerful decoding capabilities with ease-of-use to solve challenging traceability applications. These versatile barcode readers are available with a range of lens, lighting, and user interface options. 

  • Reads a broad range of 1D and 2D barcodes, including damaged, distorted, and other difficult-to-read codes
  • Capable of reading multiple barcodes in any orientation in a single inspection     
  • Setup, manage, and monitor inspections using an integrated touch screen, remote touch screen or PC interface
  • Ethernet and serial communication protocols simplify device integration and enable IIoT data collection
  • Rugged, IP67-rated housing ideal for tight spaces and industrial environments
  • Numerous integrated lighting options simplify installation and optimize contrast
  • Interchangeable lenses, including a wide range of standard and C-Mount options to meet the needs of any application


iVu BCR imager-based barcode reader
TCNM Series Imager Based Barcode Reader

TCNM Series

Laser-Based 1D Barcode Scanner

Able to decode over a dozen commonly used linear barcode symbols, the TCNM sensor provides fast read rates, broad depth of field, and high resolution.

  • Reads more than a dozen common linear barcode symbols
  • Completes 500 to 1,000 scans per second
  • Essential setup and diagnostic operations using SMART-TEACH push button and LED indicators
  • Code rebuilding algorithm combines multiple scans to reconstruct damaged code information
  • GeniusPlus software and proprietary intra-sensor communication protocol eliminate the need for external multiplexer in multi-sensor setup
  • Rugged IP65 housing

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