What’s Going On?
The UK’s Food Standards Agency has completed a pilot scheme using blockchain technology to track work and products at a cattle slaughterhouse.
Why Does It Matter?
The FSA claimed this is the first time blockchain has been used as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the food sector.
Without giving additional details of the type of blockchain used in the pilot, the FSA said it intends to expand on these first efforts, reported MoneyControl.
Food For Thought?
“This is a really exciting development,” said FSA Head of Information Management Sian Thomas. “We thought that blockchain technology might add real value to a part of the food industry, such as a slaughterhouse, whose work requires a lot of inspection and collation of results.
“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.”
Last year, the UK’s department of Revenue and Customs piloted the use of blockchain at the nation’s border, reported ComputerWeekly. And the Department for Work and Pensions has previously trialled the technology to enable benefits claimants to use a mobile app to track payments.