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New tools may help improve food safety

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By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some new high tech tools are being used to make sure food shipments here are safe. The state is teaming up with several companies on a pilot project.

Tags have been put on 100 pallets at three Armstrong Produce distribution centers. The devices will transmit temperature data that can be tracked on the internet.

"We'll be able to eliminate bacterial growth to some extent and this contributes to reducing recalls and improving health, so those are big issues" said John Ryan of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

"We've focused a lot on enabling these applications by driving down the cost of the technology. So that's an important factor for the various companies to adopt this so we've made a point of making sure the technology is cost effective" said Tom Reese of Intelleflex Corporation.

The project will last for four months. It's paid for by the companies working with the state.

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