FDA To Embrace Emerging Technology to Promote Food Safety
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that will combine the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with the agency’s use of new and emerging technologies.
The FSMA was signed into law by President Obama. It enables the FDA to be proactive rather than reactive—its traditional mode—in cases involving health and safety. The FSMA also provides the FDA with new enforcement authorities designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. Since FSMA was signed into law, the FDA has proposed and finalized critical regulations that have established science- and risk-based standards for the production and transportation of domestic and imported foods.
Adopting new food safety technologies
The latest announcement sets out to embrace the increasing importance emerging technology is playing in food production and safety, and is a huge step forward for the food industry as a whole.
We all know that in our progressively always-on, interconnected world, organizations and companies need to keep up with the latest technologies in order to deliver on customer/consumer demand. With changes in the supply chain decreasing the time from farm to table, and with regulations coming into play to reduce the risk of contamination during this process, food managers and retailers are adopting new technologies to streamline an otherwise arduous paper process, and to improve their ability also to address problems that may arise before delicate yet elaborate food systems fail—due to human error or equipment malfunctions—food gets wasted, and patrons potentially get ill. It’s a double-edged sword that while convenience and personalized service is becoming more and more the norm, conversely, the complexity of the ecosystem allows for more room for error. Retailers and the food service and hospitality and leisure industries need to develop and deploy more proactive business models to prevent issues before they arise, and to record issues for posterity in order to learn from them and refine their processes.
The FDA will be following up the announcement with a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety” and a public meeting later in the year. The Blueprint will address, among other areas: traceability, digital technologies, and evolving food business models.
Promoting consistency, visibility and efficiency
We here at Checkit are doing our part to develop products and solutions that can help address issues discussed above, and can promote consistency and efficiency at the day-to-day operational level in all areas of food and hospitality services.
Checkit gets rid of food safety paperwork and makes sure all your records are accurate and accessible at any time. It gives complete visibility of the tasks that have been done in real-time, when and by whom—and whether they’ve been done right; Checkit promotes accountability at all levels. We aim to keep pace with the evolving technologies, to help compliance with ever-changing government regulations and policies, and to help our customers promote best practice in the workplace—wherever you work.