Opinion: Blockchain, an imperative tool in food safety and traceability

Traceability plays a vital role in food quality and safety management. This issue was put to test when a news story broke out in Malaysia about accountability over the source of imported meat and its halal status.

Current solutions for quality monitoring and traceability rely on centralized server-client systems that make it difficult for end-users (consumers) to access information. Asian Agribiz spoke to the Diana Sabrain, Founder of OneAgrix, a pioneer B2B e-commerce marketplace for Agricultural and Halal food integrating both blockchain and food traceability in an ecosystem. Ms Sabrain’s knowledge on how to address supply-chain, food security and safety challenges reveals:

1) How blockchain can add value to an existing ecosystem where traceability tools such as barcodes, RFID, scanning tools and others are already present, without the need to start from scratch.

2) That implementing traceability systems where data is transparent, protected without being tampered could save companies millions in product integrity and lawsuits.

3) How corporations and legislators are already moving into implementing this to safeguard all stakeholders interests

4) What blockchain is in its basic form and how it would secure the animal protein sector

5) That blockchain is not an end solution for traceability, but it can level up the supply chain to strengthen brand equity and development.

Diana Sabrain is the CEO/Co-founder of OneAgrix, a global B2B Agricultural and Halal e-commerce platform with supply chain traceability.  She has led B2B2G ( Business to Business and Business to Government) negotiations to facilitate large scale tendered projects and billion-dollar developments in agriculture, hard commodities and infrastructure.  She is also an authority on global trade topics, geoeconomics and technology, focusing on solving Agri-food and Halal food supply-chain, food security and food safety challenges.