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Blockchain and emerging approaches supporting food safety management systems

Project team: Richard Leathers
Member funded research project
Running: Jan 2019 – Dec 2019
Steering MIG: Quality and Food Safety Management
Project Number: 147093
Proposal documentation


Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. This project will investigate different tools, including blockchain, to decide if they are applicable to food safety management and how they can be used. In addition, the project will assess other emerging approaches to hazard and risk analysis. Techniques such as “Bow-tie” enable visualisation of the evaluation and enhance risk communication. This will be done through interviews and discussions with industry colleagues, by participating in the Global Food Blockchain Initiative and through partnering with selected companies to test and challenge potential systems.


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