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Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

Food waste is one of the most alarming traits of Europe’s current food system. Shockingly, we dispose of a third of all the food we produce. Many factors drive this problem – however, inaccurate and outdated labelling systems for food has a lot to do with it.

To be precise, the EU estimates that up to 10% of the 88 million tonnes of food waste generated each year in the EU are linked to ‘date marking’ (i.e. "use by" and "best before" dates found on food labelling).

María Eugenia Martín Hidalgo, Co-Founder and CEO of ColorSensing, is on a mission to change this with her startup. Through their proprietary technology they are able to quickly and easily ascertain whether food is actually safe to eat – instead of relying on often arbitrary dates.

In this video, discover how her technology can tell you the truth about what is happening inside the food package: 

 

With EIT Food, ColorSensing has received business training and took part in our Innovation Grants competition. EIT Food supports startups at every stage of their development: from ideas to global expansion. Check out how EIT Food can support your startup here.

"With this intelligent label, we want to help manufacturers and retailers to cut down food waste and ensure the safety and quality of their products"
- Maria Eugenia Martín
EIT Food

About The Author: EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, startups, research centres and universities from across Europe. It is one of eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology, an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. EIT Food aims to collaborate closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technology-based products and services, that will ultimately deliver a healthier lifestyle for all European citizens.