Partnership to bring blockchain to food safety

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Ripe Technology, a food industry blockchain specialist, will adapt its technology for use with Neogen Corporation’s food safety diagnostics and animal genomics.

In the food and livestock industries, blockchain – a permanent, unalterable record created by chaining blocks of information together – could be used to create the history of products and animals as they go through their entire production cycles.

“Blockchain has tremendous potential throughout the food and livestock industries, both to verify the authenticity of premium products, such as cage-free eggs, and enhance the traceability of issues that require correction, such as those that lead to product recalls,” said Neogen CEO John Adent.

“Blockchain technology has a lot to offer both our food safety diagnostic and animal genomic customers, as the technology permanently connects a tremendous amount of potentially critical data, including results from Neogen’s tests, to a food product or animal.

“There are countless potential benefits to adopting the technology. For example, the genomic profile of a dairy cow could be connected with the feed the animal eats, its medical history, barn environment, quantity and quality of the milk it produces, etc. Blockchain can serve to optimise the entire supply chains of many of the markets that Neogen serves.”

Raja Ramachandran, CEO of Ripe Technology (ripe.io), said: “Neogen’s diagnostics and DNA expertise can add the highest degree of transparency and factual correctness for critical issues around authenticity and accuracy on food recalls.

“We believe this will change the game in food transparency for improved quality assessment from the beginning of the supply chain all the way to consumers.”