Labeling and printing advances beyond traditional ink, dyes, watermarks, and micro-taggants continue to emerge, Dr. Sand continues. “Silicon dioxide micro-tags resistant to high temperatures and the environment are also gaining in popularity,” she notes.
You Might Also Like
Explore This IssueJune/July 2016
Also By This Author
Plant-based DNA markers for barcodes, watermarks, and microdots offer a cohesive approach to covert packaging in that use of DNA markers that form an encrypted DNA sequence are lasting and difficult to mimic,” Dr. Sand says.
Digital signatures within molded caps and bottles that provide true tracking and tracing of packages are already on the market, Dr. Sand mentions. “For production, there is also technology for tracking packaging imperfections without disrupting rapid line speeds,” she adds. “This allows authenticity of the packaged product to be easily assessed with a five-megapixel smartphone camera.”
“Covert and overt packaging and predictive capability enable brand owners and consumers to have greater confidence that ingredient accuracy is in place,” Dr. Sand says. “These technologies are emerging in pet food packaging due to the high value of pet food and the increased interest in pet nutrition.”