Slaughterhouse sets scene for latest blockchain application

July 03, 2018
Chris Wheal

Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said late on Monday it had successfully completed a pilot regulatory scheme using blockchain technology.

The Food Standards Agency has piloted blockchain technology: FSA

It was the first time blockchain has been used a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the food sector, after the distributed ledger technology was used in a cattle slaughterhouse, the FSA reported on its website.

Value in food industry

“This is a really exciting development,” said Sian Thomas, head of information management at the FSA.

“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.”

During the pilot scheme, both the FSA and the slaughterhouse had permission to access data, giving the benefit of improved transparency across the food supply chain, the FSA said.

Further pilots planned

The agency said it was planning a further pilot this month in which it will allow permission to farmers to access data about animals from their farms.

Ultimately the aim would be to make information on animal welfare and food hygiene available across the supply chain and accessed as ‘permissioned’ data to the FSA, slaughterhouse and farmer.

“I think there are great opportunities now for industry and government to work together to expand and develop this approach,” said Thomas.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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