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Blockchain May Help Walmart Stop Bad Food

The technology behind bitcoin could speed recalls | “That’s the difference between days and minutes”

Mention blockchain, and many people think of bitcoin, the digital currency that relies on blockchain’s database technology to track transactions and provide a secure alternative to conventional money. Walmart Stores, however, is using blockchain’s ability to catalog huge amounts of behind-the-scenes data for a meat-and-potatoes purpose: identifying and removing food that’s been recalled.

Like most merchants, the world’s largest retailer occasionally struggles to deal with tainted food. When a customer becomes ill, it can take days to identify the product, shipment, and

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