A food safety firm, ZEGO has embarked on a project of using blockchain technology to test products for the residue of glyphosate which has some form of connection with $289 million Monsanto lawsuit. This was revealed in a press statement released on August 19.
Monsanto, a German-owned agro-chemical company was slammed with a $289 million fine earlier this month which is meant to cater for damages. This was after the court had generated the pleading of the plaintiff which states that the company has been using an herbicide containing glyphosate that consequently caused his cancer. The ruling has not come without controversies as experts and members of the public continue to debate the verdict and Monsanto’s liability or otherwise.
The ZEGO Glyphosate Food Test
The form repeatedly has a patent -pending blockchain technology which will enable companies to test foodstuffs, scanning for glyphosate. ZEGO mentioned the existence of a previous invention which helps consumers make better choices while it also reduces the rate at which food poisoning cases occur.
Though it appears that the blockchain technology is almost a synonym for digital currency such as bitcoin and Altcoin which forms a significant fragment of all blockchain technology inventions but it’s rather erroneous to limit blockchain to just digital money as it has penetrated into the banking sector, entertainment, sports, and food sector.
ZEGO’s also further gave an insight as to what it intends to achieve stating that glyphosate testing and also be innovatively used as a means to verify supplier acclaimed organic and non-GMO certification which according to them, can be fraudulent sometimes. The release stated that:
“Glyphosate has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits and studies alleging correlation to cancer and celiac-like symptoms. This has prompted debates over how much exposure is safe. But the argument over safety thresholds is academic…because consumers have no idea how much they are ingesting. Most…companies do not test for glyphosate, even though numerous studies have measured surprisingly high amounts of it in some packaged [and] even organic foods.”
At the moment, any ZEGO package will now allow consumers to readily take part of glyphosate testing results, just by using a tablet or smartphone and scanning the products QR code. Only that the test results for specific products can be viewed on the company’s official website.
Blockchain’s public distributed ledger has other potentials in commerce, law, healthcare, and security. California-based food safety firm ZEGO is one of the firms in the food sector using the technology for service operations.
In July, the United Kingdom’s Food Standard Agency successfully completed a project with the use of blockchain technology as a readily available regulatory instrument in order to ensure compliance in the food sector of the country. In early August, it was reported that Nestle, the worlds leading food production company, is tracking food products using the blockchain technology, in a productive partnership with nine other major food manufacturing companies.