The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examines the best methods of product tracking, and this includes the use of blockchainBlockchain
is a continuous and sequential block chain of information (digital linked list). When building a blockchain, copies of related blocks are simultaneously stored on multiple computers.Details technology, according to CNN. The interest was sparked by the outbreak of the E. coli in the United States, which was associated with the Romaine lettuce.
As it became known, speaking on the CNBC channel, FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said that the federal agency had hired a former vice-presidentfor food safety at Walmart, F. Yiannas. The specialist will now work as the deputy commissioner for nutrition and veterinary medicine. It is expected that Yiannas will present new tools for tracking the origin of food to the agency.
"We have a guy, a newbie ... a former head of the food safety department at Walmart who is going to come to the FDA to help us introduce a better way to track the origin of food products using tools such as blockchain, perhaps even for tracking (...) all food supplies through the blockchain" – FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb for CNBC.
According to Gottlieb, whenever there is a food-related flash, technologies such as blockchain will help track the cause: a specific distributor, farm or producer in the supply blockchain. This will help prevent mass poisoning and help remove infected, poor-quality foods.
"In the future, using the blockchain technology that we are going to implement, the client and customers will be able to potentially "scan the bag of salad and know where it came from" – F. Yiannas.
Editor: Yuliya Soroka