The corporation announced Tuesday that it would enable global food businesses to use its blockchain network to trace the source of contaminated produce.
One in ten people succumb to illness every year due to contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier this month a summit was called by the European Union's food safety commissioner, after a contamination scare over eggs infected with the pesticide fipronil.
IBM said that the problem of consumer health suffering at the hands of toxic food could be solved using its distributed ledger technology, which maintains a digital record of transactions rather than a physical one.
It would enable food suppliers to source information about the origin, condition and movement of food, and to trace contaminated produce in mere seconds.