In July 2018, the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) completed a pilot using blockchain to track the distribution of meat in a cattle slaughterhouse. The FSA claimed the trial marked the first time that distributed ledger technology has been used as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the food sector.
A number of other government departments are also exploring the technology.
Defra is looking into how it could enhance food traceability, HM Land Registry is investigating if it could improve the land registration and property buy-sell process using the technology, and the Department of Work and Pensions is assessing if it could help benefit claimants to manage their money.
Margot James, the minister for digital and the creative industries, has promised further trials.
"We are starting to make some investments from my department," James revealed at the Blockchain Live conference. "We're investing over £10 million pounds through Innovate UK and our research councils to support Blockchain projects in diverse areas like energy, voting systems and charitable giving."
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