TagOne Named Winner in FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Traceability Challenge
TagOne, a leader in transparency technologies for the food, supplement, and CBD industries, submitted a low-cost, blockchain solution that companies throughout the supply chain, especially those on the Traceability List, can upload FDA-required data either digitally or with customized spreadsheets.
In July 2020, the FDA launched the New Era of Smarter Food Safety to promote the creation of innovative, low- to no-cost traceability technologies that would allow food producers of all sizes to participate in a scalable, cost-effective manner.
Making the food supply more digitally connected and traceable will help the FDA respond more quickly to outbreaks and learn more about what causes them and how to prevent them in the future. The proposed rules aim to achieve end-to-end food traceability that involves everyone in the supply chain from seed to sale. To achieve this level of participation, an accessible solution is needed to cater to smaller companies.
In June 2021, the Traceability Challenge was announced in search of low or no-cost solutions to help solve the “New Era of Smarter Food Safety’s” objective to food technology solution providers, public health advocates, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the food supply chain. One of those companies selected was Traceability Management System creator, TagOne.
“Having a safe food supply chain is critical. So we wanted to address tech traceability with an easy-to-use, affordable solution that has a high level of data security. We developed a role-based data capture approach, operating on an open-source blockchain platform to ensure we have a decentralized network allowing users to control the segregation of their public and private data. We don’t feel that supply chain transparency solutions have to be expensive or require substantial resources,” stated TJ Gupta, TagOne CEO.
TagOne’s CTO, Manish Gupta (no relation), says that the TagOne system is the culmination of years of hard work and first-hand learning. “After spending more than a decade helping pharmaceutical companies navigate regulatory change and integrate supply chain transparency solutions, we identified an opportunity to help the food industry with a decentralized blockchain solution that is open source. We are really looking forward to collaborating with the FDA to solve a major challenge.”
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