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Traceability by blockchain, the future of food security in the restoration

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Although not as incidence as in other countries, restaurants in the US. THE. do not escape the news star on occasion because of some food poisoning. Just in 2018, two of the largest restaurant chains organized appeared in the headlines because of some disorder: in September McDonald’s He had to withdraw two hundred million eggs from their establishments because of a contagion cyclosporiasis which it had an impact on 500 their guests; just one month before Chipotle Mexican Grill he faced back to the demands of health inspectors, after being involved in an altercation food security that sickened hundreds of people in the state of Ohio (U.S).

The number of infections transmitted diseases in food only increases, Is it not counterintuitive? The amount of protocols to ensure that food prepared in restaurants meet all the demands on health increased in parallel. What happens then?

According to the agency responsible for ensuring the health of diners in the US. UU., he FDA, what is being observed is a better reporting of cases. Fewer incidences manage to elude the authorities responsible for food safety, and therefore it is expected that in just a few years the volume of open claims to stabilize, although today they are in full rise.

But ... Will they really? Some market analysts doubt that this comes to pass. Although it is difficult for a serious infection or poisoning may go unnoticed, there are many other security breaches that may undermine and it is rare that reach ever known. This could change soon if the technology block chain as applied to food traceability generalizes. And if this comes to market, then again it would experience an increase in the number of reports on food security.

Many involved in the food industry, the hotels and restaurants that support the establishment of traceability block chain extended and regularly in the business network, not only EE. UU., but around the world, since the end after a lot of foods that are used in the kitchen of an establishment of the United States come from the most diverse corners of the globe.

The technology block chain You can insert information into a data stream so that this is immutable. If you changed for any reason, the string itself notes that there has been a breach of protocol, which shows that there was an intrusion, that information is no longer reliable and that the element associated with the information (in this case the food item) It can not be trusted.

At present there are few who really understand the technology behind based applications block chain, but in the future it is not unreasonable simply scanning a barcode or QR with our mobile terminal we can have all the information about an item, and we know with confidence whether this information is reliable or not through a app.

It is the only technological innovation that can change the food security scenario in the future. Researchers at the Department of Agriculture EE. THE. investigated using plasma to remove pathogens They are swarming over food. Others are dedicated to designing apparatus allowing DNA sequencing traces in foods to detect whether they have been adulterated or harboring a colony of bacteria dangerous to the health of humans.

Although these technological innovations will reduce the number of cases of food contamination in restaurants, everything is not beautiful in the future. There is much fear that some of the bacteria with which we can come up to eating away from home in a few years may be resistant to a broad spectrum of antibiotics, making useless treatments. A similar case has already taken place: on the eve of Thanksgiving 2018 They were sold in US supermarkets. THE. countless turkeys carrying a strain of Salmonella sp. multirresistente.

It is difficult to draw what the picture that the future will bring, but what we do know is that a continuous work is done to improve food safety and provide better service in the restaurant world. We can only rely on the expertise of professionals.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.

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