Manufacturers and suppliers are now using new technology, the blockchain technology, to track down and identify contaminated foods from their shelves and stores
With the world embracing prepared foods and customers demanding more transparency in production, manufacturers and suppliers are now using new technology to track down and identify contaminated foods from their shelves and stores, helping to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses. Currently, Walmart is investigating the application of Blockchain technology in tracking down and identifying ‘infected’ foods and getting rid of them faster and efficiently. This new technology not only promotes food safety but also helps to uphold accountability in the food industry.
At present, Walmart is using the technology to track one ‘packaged produced item’ in the United States and pork in China for likely use way down the road.
What is Blockchain technology?
Blockchain is a dispersed ledger that produces digital receipts for every element that is shipped. This project is an invention of Hyperledger project, an open source software co-owned by IBM. The technology also captures every member of the supply chain from the source to the shipping company. Once the information is entered into the Blockchain or database, it is difficult for anybody to alter them; hence it is dependable.
Walmart Blockchain FoodLedger
This database allows the company to trace packaged foods from the distributor to source. Hence it is easier and faster to identify a problem, especially during an E.coli outbreak.
Once the contaminated foods are identified, the business can quickly remove contaminated from the shelves, helping the companies and customers to have confidence. During the process, only the troublesome foods are removed from the shelves.
Future of the software
Once this system is adopted, it is likely to influence the operation of food industries across the world. In fact, it might become the ever biggest large-scale implementation of technology to date. With this implementation, the over 48 million cases of food borne illnesses which are reported annually will be reduced drastically.