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IBM, Cornell identifying food hazards before outbreaks occur

When it comes to food safety, being able to identify traits of what is considered “normal” for a food ingredient, helps producers detect when something is “abnormal.” IBM and Cornell University will be collaborating to help keep the global milk supply safe. Specifically, next-generation genetic sequencing combined with bioinformatics analytics, will help reduce the chances of… Continue Reading

Industry Consortium Begins Enormous DNA Sequencing Project for Food Safety

Mars Inc. and IBM Research have teamed up for an ambitious food safety whole-genome sequencing project. The Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain will study the the microbial ecology of foods and their processing environments. Having a much deeper understanding of the populations in these ecologies — bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms — and… Continue Reading

IBM and China Team Up to Build Pork Traceability System

Technology giant IBM and Shandong Commercial Group Co., a major retailer in China, have teamed up to build a pork traceability system in China’s Shandong Province, IBM announced last week. The new system, created at the request of Shandong Provincial Municipality, is aimed at improving food safety and public confidence in pork after a series… Continue Reading

Growers Co-op Partners with IBM for Traceability

Cherry Central, a domestic cooperative of hundreds of fruit and vegetable growers, announced last week it’s now using IBM analytics technology to achieve “true visibility” as their products move from their co-op farms on through the supply chain. 
 In the announcement, IBM noted that the high cost of foodborne illness outbreaks — an estimated… Continue Reading

Q&A: IBM’s Food Traceability System, Part II

As part of our ongoing expert Q&A series, a conversation with Paul Chang, who leads the Serialization/Traceability initiative at IBM, on how traceability can revolutionize global food safety–can the system be utilized by small farmers and producers? Part II Q: So, if you’re a processing plant taking chickens from lets say 10 different farms, how… Continue Reading

Q&A: IBM’s Food Traceability System

As part of our ongoing expert Q&A series, a conversation with Paul Chang, who leads the Serialization/Traceability initiative at IBM, on how traceability can revolutionize global food safetyPart IQ: How will your new traceability partnership with the government of Thailand impact agriculture–and how will it impact consumers? A: The main significance of this announcement is… Continue Reading