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IBM To Trace Food Contamination With Blockchain (cnbc.com) 47

Thelasko shares a report from CNBC: IBM has been joined by a group of global food giants including the likes of Nestle, Unilever and Walmart in an effort to reduce food contamination by using blockchain. The corporation announced Tuesday that it would enable global food businesses to use its blockchain network to trace the source of contaminated produce. IBM said that the problem of consumer health suffering at the hands of toxic food could be solved using its distributed ledger technology, which maintains a digital record of transactions rather than a physical one. It would enable food suppliers to source information about the origin, condition and movement of food, and to trace contaminated produce in mere seconds.
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IBM To Trace Food Contamination With Blockchain

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  • A step farther (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fibonacci8 ( 260615 ) on Tuesday August 22, 2017 @06:15PM (#55066505)
    Will this help with willful contamination? Soy/corn/wheat byproduct are being added into previously non-soy/corn/wheat byproduct items as additives. Some of the time the additives are labeled, sometimes its "natural flavoring".
    • I'm not sure why we'd want food safety monitoring to be either encrypted or decentralized....... both of those sound like the opposite of what would be good for consumers.
  • Yawn (Score:4, Informative)

    by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Tuesday August 22, 2017 @06:27PM (#55066571)

    A blockchain is just a list.

    IBM is going to trace food contamination with a list.

    • A while back, Europe had a scandal where horse meat was being used in frozen lasagna. It took a bit of detective work to find the supplier who was selling cow meat, but only buying horse meat. A Blockchain could speed up this detective work, with tamper-proof evidence.

      Of course, I can't imagine that Big Food are going to be totally happy with this solution. In principle, you could scan your tomatoes, and really see if they came from a hot house in Holland, or a sunny field in Spain.

      Big Food won't want

      • by deKernel ( 65640 )

        Then I would suggest you only buy your food from stores that get their supply from suppliers that support this mechanism. See, that way, you are coercing the supply to go the direction you want...kinda like voting with your pocket books. That is the nice thing about the blockchain technology: everything is out there.

        As a side note, you might be surprised as to just how many actually try to do the right thing.

  • How quickly technology used to conceal transactions by criminals became a technology to trace bad stuff.

  • by mileshigh ( 963980 ) on Tuesday August 22, 2017 @06:28PM (#55066577)

    Looks like blockchain is this year's marketing "it" word, just in time to replace cloud. E.g. "our new word processor is powered by blockchains."

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