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E-Coli Outbreak Underlines Key Blockchain Benefits For Agricultural Sector, Industry Regulators

May 4, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Rapid and accurate tracking of food would help regulators better manage food contamination outbreaks, says SupplyBloc Inc. CEO Robert McNulty. McNulty used the April 2018 E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to illustrate how blockchain would have helped the FDA and CDC identify the cause and minimize collateral costs. According to McNulty, the blockchain technology’s decentralized ledger and smart contracts would ensure better business dealings among supply chain parties and improved tracking of the supply chain process, without room for data manipulation. All food products would be registered into the decentralized ledger, which would track the products’ movement along the entire supply chain process. This ledger, accessible to all supply chain participants, would be able to pinpoint any point of contamination or corruption, improving the sector’s transparency. [Image Credit: © U.S. Department of Health & Human Services]
Robert McNulty, "Opinion: Blockchain technology can help both agricultural professionals and industry regulators", Food Engineering, May 04, 2018, © BNP Media
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