The UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) has announced the successful conclusion of a pilot project that uses blockchain technology. This markets the first time that blockchain has been used as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance within the food and beverage sector.

The pilot project was implemented in an abattoir where both the FSA and the company operating the facility had the authorisation to access data. The aim was to increase and improve the transparency in the food supply chain from farm to table.

Sian Thomas, Head of Information Management at the FSA said:

“Our approach has been to develop data standards with industry that will make theory reality and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to show that blockchain does indeed work in this part of the food industry. I think there are great opportunities now for industry and government to work together to expand and develop this approach.”

Going forward, the FSA has said that they will attempt to replicate the programme in other facilities but that in order for blockchain solutions to be permanently implemented, it must be an industry-led initiative.

As blockchain technology continues to gain momentum across the supply chain sector, it is having drastic effects on inventory management as well as increasing efficiency across the board. Just recently, a group of leading companies including Nestle, Dole, Driscoll’s, Walmart, Tyson Foods, and Unilever partnered with IBM to use blockchain to track food through its global supply chain.

Last month supply tracking solutions provider Ardents partnered up with Microsoft to create a new product tracking platform that uses blockchain and artificial intelligence. The new system facilitates end-to-end traceability and visibility from the beginning and throughout the whole supply chain meaning users can trace a single product every step of the way.


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