We're expecting more snow for the first full day Spring...you know what that means. Time to get the milk and bread.
When shopping, how do you know when a gallon of milk is marked to go bad on a certain date is accurate? The milk inside is working on its own timetable, and isn't literally linked to expiration date in any way. A new style of scientifically-designed use-by label scheduled to begin testing in the United Kingdom is hoping to solve this issue—and it provides results you can literally feel.
The old “Is this milk still good” question may get a lot easier to answer, thanks to new technology. A new scientifically-designed use-by label is going to be tested in the U.K. and it’ll give us results we can literally feel.
Thanks to food tech company Mimica and dairy giant Arla...there's a new kind of test to find out if the milk in fridge or on store shelves is spoiled.
The solution is very simple and clever...a “bumpy” food label that’s described by the startup as “a biologically accurate food expiry indicator calibrated to experience decay at the same rate as food.” The label contains a gel that breaks down according to changes in the food and outside temperatures.
When milk gets older, the bumps on the label raise up. So even if it’s not past the “best before date,” users will know the milk isn’t good if the label is bumpy. It’s more precise than traditional use-by dates on packages and should help cut down on food waste.
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