Blockchain and the Trucking Industry Working To Stop Foodborne Disease Outbreaksbr>
A new outbreak of E. coli has been wreaking havoc across California, Arkansas, Minnesota, and New York. While outbreaks can have a variety of causes, there is every possibility that this outbreak was caused by poor trucking practices. This has happened before: the Chicago Tribune reported that the infamous Chipotle E. coli outbreak of 2013 could have been caused by dirty trucks.
Blockchain technology is the future of the freighting industry because of its ability to securely store, transmit, and utilize live data within a distributed network. Among other things, this allows buyers of fresh produce to be able to monitor the status of their shipment from the moment of pick-up to drop-off. The technology helps to detect issues like cross-contamination, excessively long shipping times, or improperly licensed drivers who aren’t familiar with safe practices.
“The system provides shippers real-time data reports, in-transit GPS tracking, and digital Proof of Delivery on every load from pick up to delivery,” says LaneAxis CEO and founder Rick Burnett. “This means true cradle-to-grave visibility and control, all from one low-cost app. That’s a first. (blockchain) fully automates carrier and driver compliance with shipper requirements and federal regulations, including tracking CSA scores, thus benefiting all parties transacting within the network.”