(Yicai Global) Oct. 24 -- To guarantee the safety of food from the fields to the dining tables, the metropolis of Chengdu in western China has begun using big data applications to regulate food safety.
Chengdu Shundian Technology Co. operates a platform that brings together suppliers and purchasers of food and edible agricultural products. This platform has data on 50 percent of the city's farming and agricultural product breeding bases, 70 percent of wholesale market operators, 60 percent of farm product market operators, 90 percent of school canteens and 20 percent of restaurants in the main urban area.
"Each producer and operator is given an exclusive Quick Response code. When the QR code on the vegetable is scanned, you can see where the vegetable is from, the inspection reports including whether there is any pesticide residue, its date of delivery and so on," Mr. Liu Chuanjiang, head of Chengdu Shundian, told Yicai Global.
"The consumption of fertilizers has been reduced by 80 percent in recent years and chemical pesticides are now seldom used. With the use of market information, farming yields conform better to demand," Mr. Yu Hongbo, general manager of Dujiangyan Municipal Vegetable Quality and Safety Alliance, told Yicai Global. Dujiangyan is a city about 60km from downtown Chengdu.
The supervision of all processes from the fields to the markets has helped resolve problems in food quality and supervision arising from dispersed production, Mr. Yu said.