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“We are what we eat”: a 2.0 Perspective of a Historic Claim
“We are what we eat”: a 2.0 Perspective of a Historic Claim

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09 June 2020

“We are what we eat”: a 2.0 Perspective of a Historic Claim

The aim is to develop high quality inspection controls and ensure traceability, giving the end user the full visibility on history and genuineness of the product

It’s often said that the industry needs to focus more on the consumer and less on the physical channel. But, in order to please the consumers and their increased awareness, we must give for granted that they get what they want, with a guarantee of origin, safety, integrity, ingredients and much more, from seed to table, from field to fork, including the dustbin (because nowadays we cannot ignore the recycle of whatever we buy and consume).


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In this perspective the serialization of finished products, after production, packaging, their tracking along the entire supply chain with the management of the related data, is the best tool to help and support the consumer.


In the previous Newsletter we have already mentioned that the Agri-food industry is where today Antares Vision is offering the most innovative technologies. In fact, the aim is to develop high quality inspection controls, to ensure traceability, authentication and certification, both of process and product, giving the end user the full visibility on history and genuineness of the product, including the container closure integrity of active and smart packaging.

Food production technologies

Since one of the main target is the quality control of the raw materials as well as their origin, from the primary manufacturer along the entire distribution and supply chain, Antares Vision is going deeper in genetic and metabolic traceability, to get closer to the geographical indications of the ingredients through their fingerprinting, also in the perspective of the nutrigenomics properties of food. In detail, the metabolic traceability analyzes metabolites and proteins even in small concentrations, allowing to process the data with statistical methods to provide a unique biochemical identity card that functions as a marker.

 

The DNA PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) analysis, commonly used in the laboratory, is going to be transferred into a more portable instrumentation with easier test and quicker response time, on site and where needed. It is easy to perform, quite fast, low cost, a punctual analysis performed in the "point of need", where each sample can be associated to a geolocation, a timestamp, a barcode, a photo of the sample, etc. For example, it’s then possible to identify the plant biomass on botanicals as well as the "plant health" to check the presence of pathogens in agriculture (fruit, vines, etc...).

 

Another technology used to identify new variants using genome sequencing is the DNA Microarray, which allows the recognition of target DNA previously marked with fluorescent molecules (i.e. already used to trace somatic mutation profiles in cancer cells or in targeted research of pathogens - viruses, bacteria, etc.). With the generation of a customized array for large sample screening studies at reduced costs, the SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) allow to discriminate varieties of agricultural plants and to identify new variants using genome sequencing.

 

Finally, the DNA Microarray analysis gives a non-destructive and non-contact identification of the composition of different categories of food and packaging (for example for the identification of proteins, additives, type of polymers, etc...).

 

Regarding the packaging, we don’t forget that nowadays, the new green packaging, plastic free, are even more requested in the food market not only in the perspective of sustainability.

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