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Neogen partners with Ripe.io to bring blockchain technology to food safety and animal genomics

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Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 09:30 am UTC

Food safety company Neogen announced in a press release its partnership with blockchain firm Ripe Technology to implement blockchain technology in the area of food safety diagnostics and animal genomics.

Neogen is convinced that ripe.io is the perfect partner because the blockchain firm has real-life experience with working with food producers, distributors, restaurants, and food retailers.

In the food and livestock industries, the use of blockchain is deemed useful in creating the history of products and animals as they go through entire production cycles.

“Blockchain has tremendous potential throughout the food and livestock industries, both to verify the authenticity of premium products, such as cage-free eggs, and enhance the traceability of issues that require correction, such as those that lead to product recalls,” said John Adent, Neogen’s chief executive officer.

Particularly in the areas of food safety diagnostic and animal genomic customers, Adent explained that the technology will help permanently connect a massive amount of potentially critical data, including results from Neogen’s tests, to a food product or animal.

"There are countless potential benefits to adopting the technology. For example, the genomic profile of a dairy cow could be connected with the feed the animal eats, its medical history, barn environment, quantity and quality of the milk it produces, etc. Blockchain can serve to optimize the entire supply chains of many of the markets that Neogen serves," he explained

Raja Ramachandran, ripe.io’s chief executive officer, expressed his excitement over the new partnership saying:

“Neogen’s diagnostics and DNA expertise can add the highest degree of transparency and factual correctness for critical issues around authenticity and accuracy on food recalls. We believe this will change the game in food transparency for improved quality assessment from the beginning of the supply chain all the way to consumers.”

According to the press release, the blockchain technology will be initially separate from the Neogen Analytics platform, which helps its customers automate food safety workflows and monitor and analyze food risk. However, the company believes that when fully integrated, the two technologies will be a good foundation for advanced data-driven decisions for its customers.

"By automating and connecting multiple data points through diagnostic testing in a production facility, the food safety data analytics platform enables food producers and processors to harness their data to create a holistic picture around areas of risk that can guide operational decisions," it added.

Meanwhile, R3 and ripe.io partnered in June 2019 to enhance transparency and trust in food and agriculture supply chains through the digitization and enterprise adoption of blockchain.

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