Belfast technology firm arc-net partners up on international food safety project

Professor Christopher Elliott, left, of Queen’s University Belfast announces the partnership with Kieran Kelly, right, and Brendan Smyth, centre, of arc-net
Gareth McKeown

A BELFAST technology company has been chosen as a partner for one of the world's largest food safety projects.

Arc-net, founded by founded by local entrepreneur Kieran Kelly, with offices in Belfast and Edinburgh, has been selected for the multi-million-pound EU-China food safety project.

The innovative EU-China collaboration programme aims to revolutionise the global approach to tackling food fraud and will led by Queen's University Belfast's Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Arc-net, a supply chain traceability company has been selected to act as technology partner and will provide its technology platform to help enable the project to happen. The arc-net platform provides producers, processors, retailers and consumers with the ability to validate and authenticate produce from creation to consumption.

EU-China-Safe aims to reduce food fraud and improve food safety through focusing on traceability, authenticity as well as improving food legislation, food inspection and increasing access to information across both continents supply chain networks

Mr Kelly said he was delighted to secure the partnership.

"Arc-net's mission has always been to ensure the health of current and future generations by providing access to safe and authentic food and we see this project as a vital step in achieving this goal."

Professor Christopher Elliott, the project's co-ordinator added: “We are delighted that The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen's University Belfast will lead this global project. Working together with arc-net and key stakeholders in the global food system will help to address the importance of food traceability and security across two of the world's largest trading markets.”

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