German non-profit blockchain organization IOTA Foundation on June 20, 2019, announced a partnership with Primority, a digital food safety management firm to leverage distributed ledger technology (DLT) to track food allergens and improve consumer safety.
Tracking Food Allergens on Blockchain
One of the areas where blockchain technology has found a ready use-case other than cryptocurrencies and finance industry is the supply chain management space. Specifically, the technology’s immutability and the ability to record transactions in real-time is befitting for the food supply chain space where products are most often perishable in nature.
Continuing this trend, IOTA has teamed up with Primority to mitigate risks associated with potentially risky food allergens. The aim of this partnership extends beyond only tracking the geographical whereabouts of food products as it looks to create a platform that would safeguard about 220 million people worldwide with high susceptibility to food allergy.
According to the blog post, the two entities will work together to develop a blockchain-powered prototype that would allow customers to check food products for allergens. The menace of food allergens is particularly rampant in instances when different foods share the same production line.
The proposed prototype will utilize Primority’s 3iVerify platform along with IOTA’s flagship DLT protocol – Tangle – to ensure that customers are easily able to track information related to the product’s manufacturing chains.
The post reads that information pertaining to raw materials, suppliers, and food production processes will be uploaded to Tangle which can later be directly accessed by customers by merely scanning the product’s barcode via an app on their smartphone. Notably, the app’s users will be able to extract all relevant information without having to share any personal information or owning any cryptocurrency.