INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR MONITORING CRITICAL PARAMETERS OF FOOD STORAGE
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2007;57(Special issue 2A):101–106
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Automated generation of information relevant to safety and quality issues of foods and their storage processes is one of the recent, fundamental problems of European agriculture and food industry. Moreover demand for such information result from legislation such as on European food and feed hygiene or Common Agricultural Policy as well as from global trading such as on requirements for food safety management systems (ISO 22000 incl. HACCP). This paper presents an approach for the development of a robust, cost-effective and user-friendly system for integrated monitoring of food production and storage parameters on the example of post harvest storage of grain. Integration of measuring equipment with multi-modal data transmission (such as GSM/GPRS, low power radio as well as satellite) as well as with industrial standard SCADA data processing stations gives possibility of real-time monitoring of food production and storage process. For ensuring availability of relevant information throughout the food chain, the implementation of interface standards such as agroXML is discussed. The approach would provide possibility for verifying food storage quality and reducing risk for citizens. Key elements for an integrated system’s approach, including concepts of novel sensors, are described in this paper. Moreover general guidelines for best practices of its application are presented.
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