Food safety company Zego is utilizing blockchain to assess products for residue of a deadly chemical connected to a recent $289 million Monsanto lawsuit.
Monsanto was fined $289 million in damages after a court ruled in favor of a plaintiff’s claims that the firm’s use of a herbicide that had glyphosate led to his cancer.
Zego has a patent-pending blockchain system that allows firms to examine foodstuffs for glyphosate. The company claims it had initially worked on the solution to allow consumers to make informed decisions about the presence of allergens and gluten in different food items.
According to Zego, glyphosate testing can also be used as a means of authenticating suppliers’ purported organic and non-GMO certifications, which it claimed can often be deceitful.
A press release explained:
“Glyphosate has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits and studies alleging correlation to cancer and celiac-like symptoms. This has prompted debates over how much exposure is safe. But the argument over safety thresholds is academic…because consumers have no idea how much they are ingesting. Most…companies do not test for glyphosate, even though numerous studies have measured surprisingly high amounts of it in some packaged [and] even organic foods.”
Just last month, the UK’s Food Standard Agency (FSA) completed a pilot that used blockchain as a regulatory tool to guarantee compliance in the food sector, saying at the time that the tech’s complete potential to bolster standards would only be fulfilled if an “industry-led” initiative were to take off.
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