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Friday, December 16, 2011

IBM Developed Best Practice for To Improve Safety of Pork Business

IBM and a company in China (Shandong Commercial Group Co.Ltd) announced that they have built a system that will help with ensuring safety of pork products. The system will also help to improve efficiency of food supply chain in the region.

Pork is a big business in China. In 2006, a fatal outbreak of porcine blue-ear disease killed millions of Chinese pigs. These losses represented a tiny portion of the country’s total herd of more than 660 million, but led to soaring pork prices.

The core idea behind such system is to enable ability of monitoring and tracing of movement of the meat across all phases of the supply chain. It is expected to be fully deployed by 2013.

Using IBM WebSphere software running on IBM System x Servers, experts from IBM China Development Lab and China’s National Engineering Research Center for Agricultural Products Logistics have created a pork monitoring and tracking system that can extract and store actionable business information from the millions of interconnected sensors that make up the “Internet of Things.”

In the event that a consumer’s illness can be linked to pork produced in the Shandong Province, Lushang Group’s new system will be able to pinpoint the stores that have the tainted food is, arrange a targeted recall and in turn, minimize the number of people who get sick, while keeping pork that is safe available for purchase.

Such initiative is being categorized as IBM Smart Food initiative by IBM where it is providing technology and expertise to create a smarter, safer food supply for consumers around the world.

For more information, refer to 'Made in IBM Labs: China’s Shandong Province Teams with IBM to Improve Safety of Pork'

Malaysian pork businesses should look into this very seriously. The Malaysian pork industry has suffered couple of mishaps over the years, lately being the discovery that errant traders circulated expired pork products to consumer.

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