IBM is reportedly working in a team with Dole, Driscoll`s, Tyson and Nestlé to improve food safety by the use of blockchain technology. According t
IBM is reportedly working in a team with Dole, Driscoll`s, Tyson and Nestlé to improve food safety by the use of blockchain technology.
According to the companies, the technology can help with tracking items within the global supply chain. Other industry players like Walmart, Unilever, and Kroger are also participating in the joint effort, as Business Insider (businesinsider.com) wrote in a recent report.
“Blockchain technology enables a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system.”, commented Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart.
“It also allows all participants to share information rapidly and with confidence across a strong trusted network.”, as he added in a statement quoted by Business Insider.
One of the possible areas of application can relate to the issue of food contamination. It can take months to identify whether and where a product was contaminated. In some cases, food can be thrown away as a precautionary measure. This is often unnecessary and can be avoided, if a better tracking system was present. On the other hand, people can get sick from eating spoiled food that wasn`t tracked down, as the article laid out.
Blockchain could possibly be used to track the supply chain of food products. In this way, outbreaks of foodborne illnesses like salmonella can be prevented, as the article stated.
IBM has already started trialing the technology in a joint endeavor with Walmart. A product was reportedly tracked from a farm to the store shelves in just a few seconds.
Time will show whether the tests are successful and how blockchain technology can service the food industry.