With the fTag, managing food allergies and intolerances is now easier.
The European Union (EU)’s 1169/2011 regulation, commonly referred to as INCO (Information to Consumers), makes it mandatory for brands to provide consumers with clear information on the ingredients used. Any allergy or intolerance notices provided to consumers will enable them to make informed decisions as to whether or not the food is safe for consumption.
In compliance with Institute Pasteur, an advanced Allergen database with a total of 230 elements was created. This is significantly better than the requirements regulated by INCO – which is only 28 (14+ dependencies).
How does it work?
- The patient may use his or her NFC card a standalone product. It’s printed in its own language, using visuals. The patient can use their mobile device while traveling in a foreign country. The information will be translated into the local language. The patient may also use the fTag application with no network available.
- The brand owner can tag each product, print a QR Code on the package or label, or install NFC Tag on the shelf to provide any allergen information about each product.
- The consumer can use any QR code reader, or any NFC-enabled mobile device to read the information.
The NFC Card triggers the fTag application. By tapping the card and scanning the QR Code (or taping the NFC tag on the shelf), consumers are able to instantly access their personalized details (in their own language), enabling them to make informed decisions about which foods are safe for consumption.
A first European patent application was filed in Europe in July 2016, then in China and USA in July 2017: “Dual input content processing method and device” (EP20160305954, CN20171610833 and US201715656074). This approach may be used to compare any personal information with generic information to get a tailored and usable result.