SAP Develops Solutions for Better Food Safety and Supply Chain Visibility
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SAP Develops Solutions for Better Food Safety and Supply Chain Visibility

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FREMONT, CA: SAP SE, a technology company, has announced initiatives aimed at enhancing food safety by using Big Data. SAP HANA platform will be used to collect and analyze data to help crowdsource to identify fraud in the global food supply.  The company is also planning to contribute to the understanding of the planet’s diversity through Big Data.

SAP-sponsored latest research by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario highlights the prevalence of food contamination and mislabeling across the herbs and spices, as well as fish and seafood categories. Investigations by the study were conducted for product authenticity of herbs and spices such as thyme, cinnamon, cloves and chilli powder. Early findings from the research project indicated adulteration in one-third of the products tested. The other latest research on seafood fraud in Canada suggests mislabeling on the food products is found to be more than 20 percent.

Most global supply chain visibility solutions in the food industry keep an eye on processes and track packaging but knowing the real content inside after processing is quite difficult. SAP with its new member of the SAP Startup Focus program, Tru-ID, are leveraging SAP HANA to deliver a solution that provides end-to-end visibility in the supply chain.

Source of adulteration among the suppliers could be found in the supply chain by integrating SAP’s DNA-based verification testing and product authenticity certification. Suppliers could be made to share independently audited tests through the SAP HANA Cloud platform giving enhanced visibility into the supply chain.

“Whether it’s better understanding the human species, or any other animal or planet species, there is no doubt that Big Data gives us the opportunity to better understand life all around us,” says Irfan Khan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Database & Technology, SAP. “The volumes and sources of data continue to grow rapidly and using this information intelligently can help prevent the extinction of species, promote new life science discoveries and improve the health of life on our planet. The SAP HANA platform helps organizations better process Big Data so they can acquire, analyze and act on insights in real time.”

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