IBM Food Trust Looks To Keep Seafood Safe By Tracking Scallops With Blockchain Tech


A shellfish plant is partnering with IBM so that it can use blockchain technology to track fresh scallops. Situated in Fall River, Massachusetts, the raw seafood plant is joining hands with IBM Food Trust. The digital system will help track food between suppliers and retailers.

IBM unveiled on Thursday that the fishing scallopers, owned by Captain Eilersten will upload information on every catch in a particular fishing ground to the blockchain technology.

At any time, Capt. Eilersten's boat caught a scallop; the system is supposed to record the boat's longitude, the weight of the scallop and also the latitude and name. The time the ship captured also will be recorded, and all this information will be sent to IBM's blockchain via satellite. The workers on-board the boat will then store these scallops safely in a package and label it using a barcode that contains the same information recorded by the system.

The initiative shares data with suppliers, retailers, and distributors. It also shares the information when the boat is at the dock and when every scallop will be selected and shipped to the final destination.

Mobile App

Raw seafood will inaugurate a mobile app that will allow customers to have access to provenance in November. The vice president for Raw Seafoods was recorded saying that their ultimate goal is to build cohesive trust with consumers in their products.

He added that the company is solving the fear of fish in markets and restaurants. A conservationist group did a study recently. They tested 400 seafood samples from 250 locations in the US. It was deduced that 20 percent of the food was mislabeled.

The Raw seafood project has got other players like a seafood distributor, Santa Monica Seafood and several restaurants. Some of the restaurants include TAPS Fish House, Santa Monica Seafoods Markets & Cafes. Since it started operating in 2018, IBM food trust has incorporated more than 170 companies in its blockchain platform.

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