Food safety, traceability and sustainability blog

Friday Round-up (7/31/20): FDA Webinar Announces Industry Pilot for Romaine Traceback


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The FDA hosted a webinar this week to provide further detail on the latest work surrounding their Leafy Greens Action Plan. The hour-long event was designed to provide an update on key initiatives associated with the plan, including a new protocol for pre harvest agricultural water, as well as additional details on early pilot programs for leafy greens.

Friday Round-up (7/24/20): How Restaurants are Capturing Consumer Attention


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

Yelp released a new report this week on business closures since the pandemic, indicating that restaurants have been hit the hardest. As reported in Restaurant Dive, the findings from Yelp show that “permanent business closures from the COVID-19 pandemic now account for 55% percent of all closed businesses since March 1, a 14% increase since June.” The article continues, “For restaurants, the picture is even more grim, with a 60% permanent closure rate, or a 23% increase since June 15. That equates to 15,770 permanent closures.”

reCONNECT 2020 is Going Virtual!


FoodLogiQ’s user group meeting is going to be a little different this year; learn what to expect from the virtual rendition of our annual event and why you should attend! Virtual reCONNECT 2020 is taking place September 14th - September 18th, and features talks from leading brands like IPC/Subway, Whole Foods Market, First Watch, Red Lobster, Testo, Avery Dennison, sweetgreen, Zebra Technologies and many more – request a pass today.

At the heart of FoodLogiQ’s work is a commitment to building a more connected food supply chain. Facilitating compliance, data quality and millions of critical tracking events (over 37 million, to be exact!) is only a piece of the puzzle. We know that bringing our partners together—creating a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, education and community—is an essential piece of achieving a stronger and more effective food system.

Friday Round-up (7/17/20): FDA Resumes Food Safety Initiatives and Inspection Plans


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint


The FDA has released the long-awaited strategic blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. Learn about their vision for the future of the food supply chain.

The Food and Drug Administration announced their much anticipated strategic blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, an initiative for advancing modern, technology-driven approaches to food safety leadership. The strategic initiative was launched in 2019 and focuses on four major pillars: 


  1. Tech-Enabled Traceability and Foodborne Outbreak Response
  2. Smarter Tools and Approaches for Prevention
  3. Adapting to New Business Models and Retail Food Safety Modernization
  4. Food Safety Culture

The new blueprint elaborates on the four core elements that will be driving the initiative, in addition to stating the values and principles the FDA aims to advance through their work. Building on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the New Era is designed to forge stronger food transparency at the nexus of policy, people and technological innovation. In the months since the launch of this new initiative, there has been a public meeting, as well as an opportunity for public comment on the FDA’s design and approach. Through these venues, the FDA announced that over 1500 stakeholders have helped shape the initiative since its launch last year.