Scientists affiliated with Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into RFID tags. Their paper describes how the vulnerability could be used to undermine a variety of tracking systems.
Consultant Bill Bishop emphasizes, Manufacturers and suppliers of food and consumables need to understand the implications of this trend. It is critical for them to build trade plans and strategies to address their shifting retail customer base.
Some state and local governments require food makers, restaurants and grocery stores to post warnings about products containing ingredients regulators deem harmful.
Those laws are often tougher than federal Food and Drug Administration rules or cover substances not regulated by federal law. The food industry has been pressing Congress and the federal government to ban such state laws ever since California voters approved what is known as Proposition 65 in 1986. Recently, it has made some progress.