According to a press release on Oct. 27, Topco will test a traceability platform developed by logistics firm Envisible. The Wholechain platform is based on Mastercard’s blockchain-based Provenance Solution.
Topco will use the platform to trace the provenance of produce, meat and seafood.
Blockchain provides transparency for food supply chains
Major American retailer Walmart began using blockchain tech to track Indian shrimp supply chains earlier this month. This is reportedly the first time that the technology has been used to track shrimp from the country. Walmart China started tracking food through its supply chain with VeChain’s Thor blockchain in June.
Blockchain can help food supply chains, but standards are needed
Alex Manders, the head of blockchain solutions at Information Services Group (ISG), has urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to offer clear guidance on blockchain apps to improve food safety.
At an FDA public meeting called “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety,” Manders said that the regulatory body should introduce clear guidelines on how to use blockchain safely in food supply chains.
ISG states that the main challenges facing blockchain adoption in food supply chains are non-technical i.e. a complete unawareness of existing blockchain infrastructure including collaboration models and vendors.