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Steaks high as beef goes blockchain


Lee Su-hyun, left, the chief of the Korea Agricultural Cooperative Marketing, checks beef origins and supply chains with a cattle tracing system at a discount mart in Seoul on Jan. 31. [YONHAP]

The Korean government said Tuesday it will use blockchain technology to track beef through the supply chain to provide consumers with information about the source of their food.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Science and ICT will jointly launch the pilot program in cattle farms and slaughterhouses in North Jeolla by December.

After a trial period, the system will be formally launched in January 2019, the ministries said in a joint release.

The current cattle tracing system provides information from birth to slaughter, packaging and sales to ensure the safety of the meat. The paper-based reporting system, however, takes time and money, and is exposed to risks of fake certificates.

The new platform uses blockchain technology to store related information and certificates in a distributed ledger to enhance efficiency and credibility, the ministries said.

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