TradeChain for Food Traceability

Food safety has become a critical priority for the supply chain. However,rather than just identifying a more generalised commodity group, an effective and cost-efficient traceability system should accurately pinpoint any problem in food safety related to a specific geographical origin, slaughtering or processing facility, down to a farm or even to the single animal

This Solution deveoped by maat Group has been set up to identify the potential of BlockChain technology within food transparency and control. 


TradeChain for Food Traceability has been designed to respond to today's challenges


The food supply chain is the most complex and fragmented of all supply chains

The production is found all over the world both on land and in water. A lot of the producers and intermediaries are difficult to identify and track. 

For all the participants in the production chain this creates uncertainty and risk. 

Mitigating this uncertainty comes at a cost, and the outcome may still be insufficient.

The problems that have been difficult -or impossible yet- to solve with current technologies include establishing reliable provenance and preventing fraud and counterfeiting. 

These issues often have knock-on effects on public health and the environment, and reduce financial costs of unnecessary recalls of food products


TradeChain - Main Areas of Action

Conditions at the production facility: Conditions at product sites, like factories, fields, or fishing boats, are today difficult to verify and include labor conditions, environmental conditions, quality control in production etc. TradeChain uses blockchain to make it very difficult to falsify or misrepresent conditions in production. A digital representation of the conditions such as a photo or a digital file can be stored at the production facility, or in a mobile app. This could for example be a photograph of a catch of fish or a factory during operation. A verification of the same files, a digital fingerprint in the form of a hash, is published in a blockchain. Time and location cannot be manipulated since it is recorded in the blockchain. By making random inspections an inspector can then verify that the photograph corresponds to the actual conditions at the facility, the workforce, and that the outcome/production corresponds to the one reported to the BlockChain.

Tracking of food volumes in the supply chain: Identification of individual grains, beans or bulk commodities often bought on a spot market such as coffe, tea, oils, sugar, cacao etc or are difficult or impossible to track. However, appliying the BlockChain it is possible to track the total volumes bought and sold for each participant in the supply chain. The benefit from using the BlockChain is that no central party needs to be trusted in getting all the data on transactions and actors, while still for example let volumes be transparent for everyone in the chain. To exemplify; with the BlockChain the volumes of organic soybeans sold cannot be higher than the volume of organic soybeans bought for any party in the supply chain. Also, for instance, with BlockChain it’s not possible to buy ordinary rice and mix it with a small portion of basmati rice, and sell the entire volume at the higher basmati rice price since the tracked amount of basmati rice going in to the chain can not be higher than the volume going out

Tracking of food items in the supply chain: BlockChain technology enables possibilities to track a particular package of food, can or any item to which you can put a unique identifier -live animals inclusive- such as a barcode, QR code, or a RfID transmitter. Compared with existing technologies, the BlockChain can easily regulate who gets access to the information and identities behind each product.. Integration between regular transaction data and more complex data -coming from the application of another great technology such as IoT- for instance, sensor data of temperature or  humidity... can be directly connected to the product.



For instance, analizing the Beef Sector, we see that the European Commission has recognised an urgent need to regain consumer confidence in beef products and therefore believes in fast tracing of beef products throughout the supply chain. Consequently on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission, the European Parliament and Council have adapted a regulation on compulsory labelling of beef (EC) 1760/2000 (here called the Beef Labelling Regulation). This Regulation became effective in all EU Member States from January 2001.

The Beef Labelling Regulation aims to ensure a link between, on one hand, the identification of the carcass, quarter or pieces of beef and on the other hand, the individual animal or the group of animals from which they are derived. 

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The execution of all these processes on BlockChain provide absolute "rules of trust", since the registration is inviolable and immutable and therefore the consumer will be completely protected since the application of the regulatory norms will be completely guaranteed

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