IBM is Developing a Blockchain-based PoC for FSIS
IBM is working on the development of a proof-of-concept (PoC) powered by blockchain for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS is under the United States Department of Agriculture. The assessment of blockchain’s enhancement of export certification processes is the purpose of the PoC.
The FSIS ensures that the United States’ commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products attains safety standards. According to a representative of FSIS, the platform is to observe inefficiencies in a legacy system involving regulatory processes together with complex, multi-country documentation requirements.
The agency likewise issues recalls and warnings when it comes to contaminated, compromised or misbranded food products within its jurisdiction. Last month, the food agency alerted the public concerning a Swedish meatball mixup. The alert noted the misbranding of 636 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) Swedish meatball products.
One of the contents of the products (fish) was not declared on the product label. The agency did not request a recall due to the belief that the products are out of stock.
Past recalls reveal that Class III violations against numerous non-life-threatening violations are uncommon. In 2018, the agency recorded 97 Class I recalls for foods capable of causing acute detrimental health consequences or death.
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a food safety report, revealing an increase in Class I recalls by 83 percent between 2013 and 2017.
The FSIS said its focus is on the modernization of inspection systems, policies and the utilization of scientific strategies. The proof of concept will help in determining the possibility of digital ledger technology to enhance documentation in the supply chain.
The blockchain trial will start by looking into the export business procedure, which is the first time of using the technology.