Thousands of eggs were destroyed as a food scare spread across the world ©AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of eggs were destroyed as a food scare spread across the world ©AFP/Getty Images

Could blockchain prevent food supply chain scandals?

Technology offers hope, as contamination incidents highlight need for greater transparency and security

Tainted eggs and convictions over the horse meat scandal have shone a spotlight on the importance of transparency and traceability in food supply chains.

Two directors of Dutch firm Chickfriend, which specialises in disinfecting poultry farms, were arrested last month after it emerged 15 EU countries received products containing eggs contaminated with insecticide. Millions of eggs and egg-based products have been pulled from shelves, including in the UK.

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