We are in the wake of a 25 state E.Coli outbreak that was traced back to Romaine lettuce out of Yuma, Arizona, causing 75 hospitalizations and a death. We’re also currently in the midst of the largest food recall since 2010, with 200+ million eggs being recalled for Salmonella and 22 confirmed cases of illness so far. Both of these outbreaks could have been stopped at the source, but instead it has taken weeks to track down and identify.
These outbreaks are a call to action for better Food Safety Practices, and we are quickly seeing the solution for these issues in the world of IoT. From sensors that read temperature or record time from harvest, to pathogen detection reading bacteria count in various areas and indicating the risk points (known as hazard control points), IoT is making food safety easier and making any problems like the recent outbreaks more traceable.