were discovered in southeast China. Blockchain technology provides a solution in boosting consumer confidence, as it allows to verify the origin of the meat in seconds. Chief technology officer at JD, Chen Zhang, said that the new Blockchain-based system will reassure consumers that they have purchased “safe, reliable products for their families.” “Consumers in China don’t just want quality imported products, they want to know that they can trust how and where their food is sourced, and blockchain helps us deliver this peace of mind,” said Zhang. Blockchain has also proven a boon to food suppliers who, in addition to improving consumer confidence, can use the distributed ledger system to track the origin of foodborne illnesses like salmonella. This more accurate method of tracking would allow suppliers to quickly locate the source of the contaminated products and could lead to less food waste during the recall process. Last year, the US retail giant Walmart teamed up with IBM to build a Blockchain platform on which they could identify and remove recalled foods from their products list. JD, Walmart, and IBM are all members of the Chinese Blockchain Food Safety Alliance, along with Tsinghua University, according to Business Insider.
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