Soon, consumers will know the processes the chicken on their table underwent before looking as delicious as it is. This is because the company, Carrefour is using Blockchain technology to track the lifecycle of chickens. Data about the production, distribution, and transformation of these chickens will be stored on Blockchain.
First Blockchain-based Poultry Tracking System in Spain
Carrefour is the company behind the project, and reputable companies like IBM and Coren are backing it. Its organic poultry tracking system is the first of its kind in the country. The application takes advantage of the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and it seeks to monitor the supply chain.
This is a hyper ledger DLT system that is based in Spain, and it will store the details of Galician chickens. Details like the date of birth, the location of the farm, nutrition, breeding mode, packaging process and other relevant information about a particular bird. Just by scanning the chicken’s QR code from a smartphone, all these data will be accessible.
Tracking the Record of Healthy Chickens Not Treated With Antibiotics
Galician chickens are not treated with antibiotics, and as such, they are healthy for consumption. On the other hand, the company noted that it was difficult to keep track of these chicken and most especially, their originality. For this reason, they are embarking on a project that will help to track healthy chickens that have not been treated with antibiotics.
Jorge Ybarra, commercial food director of Carrefour, said that it was the company’s ambition to be a leader in the food industry. Therefore, the use of Blockchain technology is a step in the right direction that will enable them to achieve this objective. He also stated that the technology is in line with the company’s priority. It will “guarantee consumers the traceability of our products with total transparency.”
The Blockchain is Chosen For its Security and Transparency
Carrefour released a publication outlining why Blockchain was chosen. According to them, Blockchain provided a secure platform where the history of actors in the supply chain can be stored. The exchanges at the time of creation and distribution of a chicken could also be secured. That being so, the stored data can be managed transparently.
Also, this technology is beneficial to both consumers and suppliers. For consumers, it gives them the confidence that they are eating healthy food which has not been compromised. In contrast, suppliers will understand the distribution processes and ascertain the quality of the product.