Walmart Plans To Use The Blockchain For Salad Supplies
In a press release released on Monday, Walmart and its Sam’s Club division said salad suppliers will be asked to implement real-time salad supply tracking from farm to store using blockchain technology.
Walmart is among other retailers, such as Nestle, that are trying to use blockchain, a common record of data stored in a network of computers, to track the food supply chain and improve security.
According to a letter sent to suppliers, any salad supplier company working with Walmart should start using the IBM Food Trust network to provide end-to-end two-step product tracking. This blockchain platform will allow you to accurately determine the origin of the product. It is noted that within the current system of control over supply chains such tracking is “practically unsolvable task”.
Last year, Nestle, Unilever, Tyson Foods and other major food and retail companies joined the IBM blockchain technology project.
Walmart said on Monday that the Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) had consulted with the company to improve food traceability to help government officials investigate and find the source of food-borne disease outbreaks.
Over the past few years, several food-related disease outbreaks have occurred in the United States.
At least five people died and dozens became ill earlier this year due to an outbreak of E. coli associated with Romaine lettuce, the CDC said.
In 2016, Walmart collaborated with IBM and Tsinghua University to track food movement using blockchain technology in China.