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Fading Barcode On Produce Reveals Freshness

A special barcode sticker indicates to shoppers and venders which produce items are getting too old to for purchase.

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Photo: Yanko Design

Yanko Designs has come up with a special barcode sticker that disappears over a few days, indicating to shoppers and venders alike which items may be getting too old for purchase.

Designers from Yanko Designs have come up with a new way for shoppers to ensure they are picking the freshest fruit and veggies possible.

A special barcode sticker is slapped onto produce items, and over a few days, the barcode image disappears, indicating to shoppers and venders alike which items are getting too old for purchase.

But, as Treehugger.com points out, if consumers can’t use their nose, eyes, and hands to pick out fresh produce, then they might have bigger problems to deal with.

The barcodes could also lead to more food waste as customers may be reluctant to buy produce with faded barcodes leading to more food being thrown out by retailers.

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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