The survey found 87% agreed that better data is necessary for food safety and 85% believe better technology plays an important role.
Nearly eight out of 10 said they would be less likely to purchase food from stores that are not using the latest technologies to keep food safe.
Emerson is using the Internet of Things to help protect food safety by using real-time monitoring throughout the food “cold chain”.
The cold chain is an interconnected system of facilities, shipping containers and transport vehicles that preserve food safety and maintain quality from fresh fruits to meats to frozen vegetables.
Bob Sharp, executive president of Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions, said a few decades ago, transporters would put a thermometer in the food once it reached its destination, whether the trip was five or 500 miles.
“Now, we have the technology to give us constant insight into food temperature from the farm to the warehouse to the store, helping to protect food safety and quality for the customers we serve.”
Emerson recently acquired Locus Traxx and PakSense to bolster cold chain capabilities and to use small, Internet of Things-enabled sensors to monitor the surface temperature of foods.
Combined with its ProAct monitoring of refrigeration and food in 17,000 retail sites and 2,000 shipping vessels globally, Emerson has end-to-end technology to monitor food from farm to fork.