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UK Food Safety Regulator Trials Blockchain In Meat Processing

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UK Government's food safety regulator announced the first use of blockchain technology in the food sector to ensure improved transparency across the food supply chain.

The Food Standards Agency or FSA said it has successfully completed a pilot using blockchain technology in a cattle slaughterhouse, whose work requires a lot of inspection and collation of results.

In the pilot using the distributed ledger technology, both FSA and the slaughterhouse had permission to access data regarding all meat processed at the facility.

FSA plans a further pilot for July which will give permission to farmers to access data about animals from their farm.

The agency will then move to replicate this in other plants.

Sian Thomas, Head of Information Management, said the agency thought that blockchain technology might add real value to a part of the food industry, such as a slaughterhouse.

He added, "Our approach has been to develop data standards with industry that will make theory reality..... I think there are great opportunities now for industry and government to work together to expand and develop this approach."

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