ABM Files Patents for Produce-Tracking Biological Barcode

Published in the January 2014 Issue Published online: Jan 17, 2014
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Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) two patents to develop organic microbial encoding, or a biological barcode, for the tracking of produce from the farm to customers’ tables.

ABM’s proposed food safety tracking system is a process of identifying and testing inert, non-allergenic biological technology that can be applied to produce as a barcode to help identify fruit and vegetable growers. When viewed under fluorescent light, these barcodes reveal the state, county, processor and grower of that produce.

The patents filed offer two different and distinct methods of producing the biological barcode, neither of which consists of genetically modified organisms.