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FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud

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School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Essex University, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
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Nosh Technologies, Colchester CO4 3SL, UK
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Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3486; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063486
Received: 26 December 2020 / Revised: 7 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 22 March 2021
Food safety is an important issue in today’s world. The traditional agri-food production system does not offer easy traceability of the produce at any point of the supply chain, and hence, during a food-borne outbreak, it is very difficult to sift through food production data to track produce and the origin of the outbreak. In recent years, the blockchain based food production system has resolved this challenge; however, none of the proposed methodologies makes the food production data easily accessible, traceable and verifiable by consumers or producers using mobile/edge devices. In this paper, we propose FoodSQRBlock (Food Safety Quick Response Block), a blockchain technology based framework that digitises the food production information and makes it easily accessible, traceable and verifiable by the consumers and producers by using QR codes. We also propose a large-scale integration of FoodSQRBlock in the cloud to show the feasibility and scalability of the framework, as well as give an experimental evaluation to prove this. View Full-Text
Keywords: food production; supply chain; blockchain; QR code; cloud computing; food safety; barcode; traceability system; agri-food; agriculture food production; supply chain; blockchain; QR code; cloud computing; food safety; barcode; traceability system; agri-food; agriculture
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Dey, S.; Saha, S.; Singh, A.K.; McDonald-Maier, K. FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3486. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063486

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Dey S, Saha S, Singh AK, McDonald-Maier K. FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3486. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063486

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Dey, Somdip, Suman Saha, Amit K. Singh, and Klaus McDonald-Maier. 2021. "FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3486. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063486

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