Bühler, the food tech major from Switzerland has recently come out with two brand new food safety offerings, launching them at the Hanover Messe industrial event’s Microsoft booth on the 1st of April. This launch is particularly significant as these new products are likely to be integrated with blockchain technology at some point. Besides having launched the two products on German soil, the company also published a press release to announce the same.
The products have been described as being “blockchain-ready”. One of them, the Laatu, is a tool to bring down microbial contamination in dry food products. The other, named Tubex Pro is a scale system with self-optimizing ability for continuously churning out production data. The Bühler Insights Internet of Things service, run on the cloud platform Microsoft Azure, is responsible for keeping the two newly launched products connected.
Explaining why they came out with these products in the first place, the company notes:
“Food safety outbreaks pose a significant burden to public health and welfare, as well as to the economy. According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, every year, almost one in 10 of the global population fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420,000 people die. Children under the age of five are hit hardest, representing 40% of those affected with 125,000 deaths each year.”
According to them, Laatu is capable of eliminating more than 99.999% of salmonella in the dry food by subjecting them to low-energy electrons. The nutritional value of the food will be kept intact by Laatu. This method supposedly works wonders for eliminating E.Coli as well, by acting on the food for just a few milliseconds.
With a blockchain integration on the cards, Laatu is likely to be put into use for getting an “accurate and secure audit trail for food producers and all players in the supply chain”.
Tubex Pro is even more useful for a blockchain integration and supply chain tracking as it is capable of optimizing its own measuring algorithm for sending real-time data to Bühler Insights.
Both these products can have major implications for using blockchain in supply chain and expand the application of blockchain technology to the area of food safety tracking and monitoring.