Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT:Written question - 131771

Q
Asked by Eddie Hughes
(Walsall North)
Asked on: 09 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of using blockchain technology to store information on (a) food safety and (b) animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 March 2018

Defra has been looking at how blockchain technology is already being used within the food and farming industries to improve data transparency and efficiency for suppliers, processors and consumers.

We have also undertaken a ‘proof of concept’ project to explore how blockchain technology could be used to improve traceability of food throughout the supply chain. This will contribute to our wider work looking at how blockchain technology could bring benefits across Defra’s policy areas, including for food safety and animal welfare.

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