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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. (Shutterstock)

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

With Walmart bringing blockchain technology to its grocery stores, other retailers will soon have to get on board.
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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

How technology will help fight food fraud

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. PATRICK HUISMAN/EPA

Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

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 still hard to detect – so follow the money

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…

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