DNV GL, Norway, and NDS (Nongshim Data System), South Korea, announced plans to collaborate on further developing digital assurance solutions targeting food safety and traceability in the food and beverage industry.

NDS brings IT solutions such as sensors, tags, mobile applications, blockchain, cloud solutions and more, while DNV provides audits, verification and assessment services, including data validation and experience in supply chain management and the food and beverage value chain.

“Bridging the trust gaps is particularly important in the food and beverage sector, where consumers have a strong and justified need for verified product information,” says Luca Crisciotti, chief executive officer, DNV GL-Business Assurance. “We believe an ecosystem approach is the best way to increase levels of transparency and trust, with innovative solutions that bring together various technology elements combined with verification activities. We are delighted to have NDS as a new partner in the provision of digital assurance solutions to meet our customers’ needs.” 

“The blockchain is considered the most powerful platform for ensuring food safety,” adds Joong-won Kim, chief executive officer of NDS. “We have developed the blockchain platform specialized in food traceability based on accumulated know-how and qualified technology in the food industry. As the level of Korea livestock traceability system and IT technology are well established, we look forward to expanding this blockchain platform globally partnering with DNV GL."