Blockchain and other digital technologies could help keep the food supply chain strong, from farm to fork. Three innovations at the Virtual Poultry Tech Summit offer creative solutions to food safety and poultry processing challenges.

Enhanced immersive chilling in poultry processing

A significant portion of the water and energy expenditure of poultry processing is associated with chilling. Comas Haynes, Ph.D., research faculty at Georgia Tech Research Institute, will discuss how the incorporation of alternative kinematics (motion) and media (e.g., ice-water slurries) may allow more efficient and effective chill, as well as added anti-microbial benefits given the thermomechanical attributes of ice slurry.

As envisioned, the birds would be on a shackle line as they move through the slurry, eliminating the need for rehang staffing.

How digital auditing advances blockchain and traceability

Consumers today no longer trust where their food comes from. They want to know how it was made, by whom and under what conditions.

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Maxine Roper, CEO and co-founder, Connecting Food, will present the advantages and limits of the blockchain, as well as introduce the concept of ‘digital auditing’ and how it can be used to verify in real-time that suppliers are respecting their product specifications, ensuring that the data recorded in the blockchain is truthful and accurate 100% of the time.

Traceability at the speed of thought

Traceability, blockchain, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) can create an integrated supply chain that has greater transparency, efficiency and safety. Market demand for trace is primed given the numerous food safety issues in the U.S., China and Europe.

Sharmeen Khan, chief marketing officer, Oppsmart, will talk about new software that traces food across the entire supply chain from the farm to the fork, serving as a central repository for all information regarding the trace of ingredients, all data for each critical control point in the supply chain, and all documents pertaining to each lot and batch.

Make plans to attend the 2020 Virtual Poultry Tech Summit, scheduled for October 20-22, 2020, and take a look at the future of the industry. This one-of-a-kind online event facilitates the transition of innovation technologies from researchers and entrepreneurs into commercial applications for the benefit of the poultry industry. Registration is now open.

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