Finding Nemo: Swiss food importer tracks tuna with blockchain

Another case of acute blockchain adaptation has occurred in Switzerland. The Swiss food importer Gustav Gerig AG has teamed up with the blockchain service provider Atato to enable blockchain-based tracking of MSC tuna.

Food tracking and the Bitcoin secret

A Bitcoin secret with a future: Is Bitcoin Secret a Scam? Beware, Read our Review First After US retail giant Walmart has been using the technology for lettuce supply chain monitoring since September, competition from Europe is slowly but surely following suit. Customers of Europe’s second largest retailer, Carrefour, have been able to track poultry products by QR code since the middle of the month.

The Swiss food importer Gustav Gerig AG is now planning something similar. In cooperation with the blockchain service provider Atato and the tuna marketing company Pacifica, MSC-certified tuna is to be added to the blockchain. This is stated in a press release issued by Gustav Gerig AG on November 28. Specifically, it concerns products of the “Raimond Freres” brand, which in future will be able to reveal their origin to consumers via a QR code scan.

Unlike Walmart and Carrefour, who rely on the Hyperledger Fabric from IBM, de Gustav Gerig AG uses Ethereum. The Thai blockchain service provider Atato is responsible for the technical implementation.

Everything in the spirit of sustainability…

The background for the decision for Gustav Gerig AG was ‘above all the attitude to offer sustainable goods’. It is to be assumed that the decision is not based on good humankind, but on economic interests. For example, the clarification of the causes of food scandals can be carried out much more efficiently and cost-effectively by means of blockchain-based monitoring of supply chains. At Walmart, an E. Coli scandal forced the company to turn to Blockain technology.

At Gustav Gerig AG, there was a food safety problem last August. The company had to start a recall campaign together with Nissin Foods, Migros and Migrolino. This involved Nissin instant noodles in which pieces of glass were found. Cases like these will not be prevented in the future. But the blockchain technology will significantly speed up the investigation. Under certain circumstances, this can save lives.

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