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Smart Fridges Demand a Standard for Food Expiry

It would be a simple and helpful effort if supermarkets agreed upon a barcode strategy for food expiry.

Imagine if every product had a barcode with a standard text string such as:

product:Tesco Milk;expiry:2015-01-31

The website was used to generate the QR bar code:

Milk Expiry QR Code

Milk Expiry QR Code

Such labelled products could potentially be scanned as you place them in your fridge – with your fridge reminding you of what products are soon to be expired – and alerting you to products already expired.

Hopefully a simple standard could be agreed upon across manufacturers. Already expiry dates are printed on all food products – it would not be too far a stretch to add computer-readable bar codes describing this information as well.

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