According to an article from Spiegel Online, the scandal of eggs being contaminated with Fipronil from the Netherlands continues. So far, the contaminated eggs (including organic eggs) have been sold in 12 federal states in Germany.
Contamination ripple-effect for other food products
All of the eggs at Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have been put out of circulation as a “pure precaution.” Only eggs that have tested negatively for the insecticide Fipronil will be sold.
It can be assumed that the contaminated eggs have also had contact with other food products; soon there will be voices asking for the inclusion of Fipronil in nationwide residue monitoring of food products.
Blockchain could have prevented the scandal
A far more sensible alternative could be provided by the consistent transparency that a Blockchain offers. In today’s complex food chains, the consumer does not know what the circumstances of the supply chain are, let alone its origin.
Even within the transportation chain, the participating authorities can usually only identify the direct predecessor and successor of a product, but beyond that the process remains unknown. In a Blockchain, the transportation chain can be tracked precisely and chronologically from beginning to end.
The Blockchain is not changeable and is tamper-proof, thus creating transparency and a basis for trust between manufacturer and consumer. The end user always knows how and where their products has been produced so that they can safely enjoy their meals.