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A color changing device for monitoring the time-temperature storage history, i.e. shelf life, of perishable products. The device is constructed of an activator tape, containing an activator composition matrix, an indicating tape, containing an indicating composition matrix and an optional barrier matrix between the activator tape and the indicating tape. At least one matrix is a pressure sensitive adhesive. The activating composition, e.g. an organic acid such as citric acid, diffuses through the barrier and/or indicating matrix to continuously contact the indicating composition, e.g. an acid-base dye indicator such as 2,2',4,4',4",-pentamethoxy triphenylmethanol, to produce a visually observable color change at the temperature being monitored. The color intensifies with time and temperature, as more activator composition diffuses into the indicating matrix. The matrices are water-impermeable and the device preferably possesses activation energy and rate constant values for the color change which are substantially the same as those for product decay. This allows accurate and continuously observable monitoring of the abailable shelf-life of the perishable product to which the device is adhered to.

Color changing device for monitoring shelf-life of perishable products
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Application Date
November 3, 1988
Publication Date
October 1, 1991
Gordhanbhai Patel
J P Labs
G01N 31/22
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