CheckPack consortium presents results


Is it possible to measure how fresh food is, even if it’s still packed? That’s what the research consortium CheckPack will answer on October 24th when presenting the results of their 4-year research project on the development of a food package sensor.

CheckPack wants to develop an optical sensor in a food package that can tell whether a product is still consumable, without needing to open the package. By using this sensor, food waste can be prevented.

“Our main focus lies on meat and fish packings, because these are two important food industries in Flanders”, Prof. Frank Devlieghere (Ghent University, faculty of Bioscience Engineering) explains. “Fish and meat don’t keep well, so a packing sensor comes in handy for these products. Later, we’ve also incorporated the sensor in fruit, vegetable and biscuit packings.”

This project has been established with the support of the Flemish agency VLAIO and was coordinated by Ghent University, together with expertise centre Food2Know.

Closing event

The research partners will present the CheckPack results on October 24th, 2017 in Technopolis, Mechelen. Researchers, journalists and business contacts are welcome to participate.

Register here


  • 13h - 14h: Lunch
  • 14h - 14h30: CheckPack food sensor – context - Prof. dr. ir. F. Devlieghere (UGent)
  • 14h30 - 15h: CheckPack food sensor – results - Dr. ir. M. Vanderroost (UGent)
  • 15h - 15h30: Sensors & food quality monitoring systems - Dr. ir. J. Heising (WUR)
  • 15h30 - 16h: Coffee break
  • 16h - 16h30: Towards fully-equipped (food) packaging monitoring systems: state of the art, challenges and perspectives - Ricardo Chedrauy (COO Hanhaa, UK)
  • 16h30 - 17h30: Smart packaging – challenges for the future
  • 17h30:    Reception


Prof. Frank Devlieghere
Promotor CheckPack
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
T +32 9 264 61 64  

Dr. Mike Vanderroost
Co-ordinator CheckPack, Food2Know
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
T +32 9 264 99 05

Dr. Isabelle Sioen
Project Manager Food2Know
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
T +32 9 264 93 95

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