December 17, 2019


Blockchain used to authenticate Australian beef from substitution in China



While substitution of Australian beef by cheap meat from other countries or horse meat is a key risk, Australia's integrity systems have provided measures to authenticate Australian beef from the rip-offs, reported North Queensland Register.


Lachlan Graham from Argyle Foods Group in New South Wales said integrity systems in Australia such as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) and national vendor declarations have various measures to ensure the authenticity of Australian beef. Argyle Foods is a beef and meat processing operation which sells into China.


Graham said Chinese consumers will be able to scan a code on the Australian beef packaging to verify it's Australian, as blockchains will allow for the product to be completely traceable.


Moreover, all of Argyle Foods' products are sold to an end user with a direct relationship to the company. He cites this as one example a family-run business can utilise in business expansion to China.


He added that other measures to authenticate Australian beef are being developed, such as in-box tracking devices and on-pack marketing.


A new tool will be available to livestock producers from January 13, 2020 to manage the biosecurity and food safety risk from the purchase and selling of livestock.


All account holders within the NLIS system database will have an early warning status visible, identifying if a vendor's property has a livestock which may pose a risk to the purchaser. For confidential purposes, the system does not identify what the status is for or which animal the alert is assigned to.


-      North Queensland Register