Steaks High as Beef Goes Blockchain

SOUTH KOREA - The Korean government said Tuesday it will use blockchain technology to track beef through the supply chain to provide consumers with information about the source of their food.
calendar icon 21 November 2018
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Science and ICT will jointly launch the pilot program in cattle farms and slaughterhouses in North Jeolla by December.

After a trial period, the system will be formally launched in January 2019, the ministries said in a joint release.

According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the current cattle tracing system provides information from birth to slaughter, packaging and sales to ensure the safety of the meat.

The paper-based reporting system, however, takes time and money, and is exposed to risks of fake certificates.

The new platform uses blockchain technology to store related information and certificates in a distributed ledger to enhance efficiency and credibility, the ministries said.

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