China uses Alibaba Blockchain platform and identifies coronavirus in meat imported from Brazil
Blockchain helps spread Brazilian meat contaminated with Covid-19NOTTICES
A blockchain-based production chain Bitcoin Future monitoring system helped China identify the presence of Covid-19 in meats imported from Brazil, according to China’s official news agency Xinhua.
Thus, through the use of blockchain, authorities in the city of Yuhuan, Zhejiang province, detected traces of coronavirus in a sample of pork imported from Brazil.
The sample was collected at a local market stall in Yuhuan, and was taken from a batch of frozen pork that entered China via Shanghai’s Yangshan port and tested positive for Covid-19, according to Yuhuan’s municipal disease prevention and control centre.
With the detection of traces of Covid-19 on Brazilian meat packaging, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture must be notified by Chinese state agencies. There is no information yet on the suspension of imports.
Zhejiang Province launched Zhelenglian, a food safety traceability system for cold chain products, in June this year to contain precisely the spread of the new coronavirus.
The system, developed by Ant Financial, a branch of Alibaba based on blockchain technology, was the first of its kind in China.
Since its launch, it has been used to track all information from imported raw aquatic products as well as other frozen products such as pork.
Thus, in Zhelenglian, from supply to consumption, including the exporting country, lot number, certificate of origin, date of manufacture and expiry date are recorded in blockchain.
The products are given a code containing their information in food importing companies or in agricultural wholesalers.
The information is renewed whenever a new ‚partner‘ enters the consumer distribution ecosystem, such as when food goes to supermarkets or restaurants.
And at the end the consumer can scan the code and check all the information when buying the products.
Although Zhejiang Province has used a blockchain system developed by Alibaba, VeChain’s blockchain has also been used in China to trace the origin of products.
Also in June, VeChain announced a partnership with China Shenzhen Yuhongtai Foods Company to enable Shenzhen to trace pork products distributed by the retailer’s subsidiary, Meijiada Fresh Foods.
The partnership, which is already underway, provides detailed information on how Meijiada’s pork sold to supermarkets was created and how the meat products in natura sold by the chain are required to be sold on the same day as the harvest.
The unsold products are „systematically collected and processed and will not be sold the next day“.
For this purpose Meijada uses ToolChain and VeChain’s blockchain to provide detailed data on the origin, processing and logistics information around the meat produced by the Chinese retailer.