Blockchain, the digital ledger system that underpins Bitcoin, is being put to use to fight China’s “fake” food problem.
Counterfeit soy sauce, rice, wine, and eggs are among the potentially deadly items that have been found for sale in the country.
“Blockchain holds incredible promise in delivering the transparency that is needed to help promote food safety across the whole supply chain,” says Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president at IBM Industry Platforms, one of JD’s partners in this initiative.
The China collaboration marks an expansion of the joint IBM-Walmart blockchain program that was launched over the summer in the US.
It has already “piloted the use of blockchain to trace food items, including pork in China and mangoes in the US, as they move through the supply chain to store shelves,” said JD in a statement this morning.
But shoppers will not be able to tap into this system to verify the authenticity of the groceries – at least not yet.