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Strict New Food Standard Regulations: Is Blockchain The Solution?

Strict New Food Standard Regulations: Is Blockchain The Solution?

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) has proposed the strictest food labelling regulations to be implemented by the UK government. 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is suggesting that the UK government impose strict food labelling regulations following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after eating a Pret A Manger Sandwich (legally) not displaying full allergen information. The motion is backed by Ministers “working at pace to bring forward legislation that ensures food allergy suffers can feel safe and secure.” Such regulations are set to have the most impact on small to medium enterprises and any independent traders who prepare food on site.  

Such regulations are set to have the most impact on small to medium enterprises and any independent traders who prepare food on site. Each of the 14 major allergen groups will be required to be labelled by law if the regulations are put into practice. The regulations will affect any business serving food whether it is prepared on site or not.  

"From public sector bodies there was a concern about the resources to help business comply with this rule and then to enforce the rule”

FSA Chairwoman

FSA Chairwoman: “From public sector bodies there was a concern about the resources to help business comply with this rule and then to enforce the rule” So how will small to medium enterprises comply with the new regulations? Unless a technology is developed to efficiently track food sources, there is going to be a strain put onto an already uneasy market. It is clear however, that blockchain presents the perfect solution to such difficulties. The production of an expansive open source network with the backing of regulators would allow for the efficiency that businesses need to be minimally affected whilst ensuring the safety of its customers 

Certainly, the use of a software linked with an application and backed by a blockchain network “In order to [balance] consumer protection, public health protection with the ability of people to deliver a good business service” would greatly lessen the effects of the regulations on small businesses. Use cases can already be seen with the likes of Walmart insisting all suppliers of leafy green vegetables upload their data to the blockchain by September 2019. Such a use case could be replicated on a massive scale with distributed software available to all businesses that will be affected. With the correct funding and support from government, it can only be hoped that there will be a solution in place to ease the regulation’s effects before it does come into place.