New ‘Smart’ Cheese Rinds Help Fight Parmesan Fraud

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Like Champagne, Parmigiano Reggiano is no ordinary parmesan; it is a very specific label bestowed only to cheeses that meet the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium’s strict standards. The consortium hopes to solve the problem of fraudulent parmesan through technology — specifically, microchips in food-safe casein labels. The microchips create a digital twin of the individual wheels of cheese on the blockchain, proving their authenticity. They will be testing this new tech with 100,000 Parmigiano Reggiano wheels in the second quarter of 2022. Read full article here

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