The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting on October 21, 2019, to hear from a broad cross-section of stakeholders on a modern approach, called “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety,” that the agency is planning to take to strengthen its protection of the food supply.
The input received at this meeting, and in comments submitted to the accompanying Federal Register docket, will help shape an FDA Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. We intend for the strategic plan to outline how this new approach will address public health challenges, including being able to trace sources of contaminated foods and using new predictive analytics tools like artificial intelligence to assess risks and prioritize the agency’s work and resources.
FDA is working towards enhancing its ongoing efforts to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by creating a more digital, traceable, and safer system to help protect consumers from contaminated food.
To learn more about the New Era in advance of the meeting, read an interview with Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, in which he explains what this means for the future of FDA’s food safety mission. And visit the New Era of Smarter Food Safety page on fda.gov for related communications and resources.
The meeting included breakout sessions on key topics that include traceability, smarter tools for prevention, evolving business models and retail food safety, and food safety culture.
Submit comments electronically on https://www.regulations.gov/ to docket folder FDA-2019-N-4187. See the Federal Register Notice for additional information on commenting. The comment period closes November 20, 2019.