The blueprint released by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food safety indicated that blockchain could be used as an option to resolve some of the food distribution challenges around the countries.
The blueprint, which the FDA published a few days ago, stated, “Our world is evolving at a breakneck pace. With this evolution comes new technologies, ranging from new digital tools to new sources of food ingredients. […] These advances provide new tools and approaches for tackling food safety issues, but also present new issues to consider in determining how to regulate food safety”.
FDA Analyzes Technologies
Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, sensor technologies and blockchain are a few of the technologies which have been analyzed in relation to tech-enabled traceability, prevent and outbreak response, retail modernization and food safety culture.
The FDA specifically mentioned Blockchain technology as it could easily trace the event and the key data elements from the industry as well as regulatory partners.
It appears that the FDA is very much fascinated by the blockchain technology, therefore, since the year 2018, the agency has been talking about its potential.
In June 2020, the Food and Drugs Commissioner of FDA, Stephen Hahn, and also the Food Policy and Response Deputy Commissioner, Frank Yiannas, indicated that the COVID-19 has a devastating impact on the food supply chain sector.
They advised the agency that they could the blockchain technology to tace the food products through the supply chain.
Food Trust Program Uses Blockchain Technology
A few months ago, the New York-based IBM introduced the agriculture and the shipping industries with the blockchain, and while using this technology they launched their Food Trust program in collaboration with Walmart.
In America, most of the retail giants are using this blockchain technology as it not only records all the details of the food product but also certifies them. The blockchain technology resolves issues like certification storage and product recalls.
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