IBM and Blockchain

25 Oct

IBM uses blockchain to track pork supply chain in China

IBM Corp. is teaming up with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tsinghua University to bring safer food to Chinese tables using blockchain technology as a guarantee.

China has developed an unenviable reputation for its poor quality food standards in recent years. The most famous incident was the notorious tainted milk scandal, where six infants died as a result of consuming baby formula contaminated with the chemical melamine. Other scandals include tales of dead pigs found floating in rivers being resold as fresh pork and restaurants recycling cooking oil after scooping it out of the sewers.

To overcome that challenge, IBM, Wal-Mart and Tsinghua plan to use the blockchain to authenticate and keep records of every transaction in the food supply chain. They’re starting out with pork, one of China’s major staple foods and a product that can easily spoil if it’s not handled correctly at every step of the supply chain.


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