Five people died and more than 200 got sick during a 2018 E. coli outbreak, the largest in more than a decade. The bacteria was traced to contaminated romaine lettuce.
With Walmart bringing blockchain technology to its grocery stores, other retailers will soon have to get on board.
Blockchain technology could solve food safety and fraud by enabling immediate traceability to the point of origin.
Food fraud and safety concerns are an ongoing problem in the agrifood sector— could blockchain technology be a solution?
A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir in Romania in 2013 when Europe was facing a scandal over incorrectly declared horsemeat. The problem of food fraud and its health and economic implications affect a broad range of foods around the world, but technology could soon end the problem.
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Food fraud is a common problem that technologies such as blockchain and DNA fingerprinting can help to solve.
Eggs containing toxic levels of pesticide, being destroyed at a poultry farm.
Even a fraction of a penny per egg over hundreds of thousands of eggs can mean being able to survive as a business, so the temptation to cut corners is huge.
Once through the grinder, food fraud hard to track through DNA.
Meat grinder by Shutterstock
Food fraud is a huge problem in the UK, and much of it is as a result of organised crime. Unfortunately, as the report of the Elliott Review on the 2013 horsemeat scandal now points out, there is too little…
On the rise: posh burgers.
European food politics began 2013 with the horsemeat scandal, and it is ending with meat and horsemeat still high on the agenda. The publication of the interim findings from the review chaired by Professor…