Food is vital for good health, as eating nutritious and mineral enriched food can help reduce diseases. Changing diet every now and then, i.e. eating different foods keeps an individual’s diet interesting and healthy, ensuring a range of different nutrients for the body. Lack of enough nutrients can drastically affect the body’s metabolic process, causing the health to decline, same goes with surplus intake of nutrients, it too can significantly misbalance the body’s metabolic process, causing one to become obese or overweight and at risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
But when it comes to the origin of food, individuals are generally not aware, where their food is coming from, and if it is compromised or not. Even though, in this current age of food inspections and regulations, compromised food can land onto one’s dining table. This is where emerging technologies like IoT and Big Data come in.
IoT has penetrated deep into the food industry with barcodes and RFID tags, with food retail companies tracing all product shipments from points of origin to final destination, i.e. end consumer. This ensures consumers get what they demand, thus providing them with a friendly experience. Furthermore, with advancements in IoT, food retailers are bringing in more sophisticated sensors that can further provide insights on food quality of globally-transported food products, insights like dust and dirt particles, temperature, and other environmental conditions that can compromise food safety and lead to spoilage. Multi-sensor devices are being incorporated to provide real-time data, as foods cross continents, to ensure proper food safety guideline conditions are maintained.
Further, IoT can help in food contamination investigations, assisting human investigators to track contaminated food after being discovered and identify responsible party in food’s journey from raw product to end customer.