The food safety firm ZEGO is using the blockchain to test products for residues of a deadly chemical substance linked to a recent $ 289 million Monsanto complaint, according to a press release published on August 16th.
At the beginning of this month, Monsanto was fined $ 289 million in damages after a court ruled in favor of a plaintiff that the use of a glyphosate-containing herbicide had caused cancer.
ZEGO would have a patent pending blockchain system that would allow companies to test glyphosate foods. The company claims to have initially developed the solution to allow consumers to make more informed choices about the presence of allergens and gluten in various products.
According to ZEGO, the glyphosate test can be further used as a means to verify the alleged biological products of suppliers and non-GMO certifications, which often implies they can be fraudulent. As the press release notes:
"Glyphosate has been the subject of thousands of causes and studies related to the correlation with cancer and celiac-like symptoms, which has led to discussions about how much exposure is safe, but the discussion about the safety thresholds it is academic … because consumers have no idea what they are ingesting … Most companies do not test glyphosate, although many studies have measured surprisingly high quantities in some packaged foods [and] also organic. " Last month, the UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) successfully completed a pilot using the blockchain as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the food sector, noting at the time that the full potential of technology to improve standards it would only happen if an initiative "led by industry" were to take off.