The FDA's New Food Safety Dashboard for Tracking FSMA Online
The Food and Drug Administration has released a Food Safety Dashboard to help track Food Safety Modernization Act rules and to measure their progress.
It’s been eight years since Congress passed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, in an effort to foster a more proactive food safety system. At the heart of that legislation was the government’s obligation to protect consumers, not only through reactive measures, but through prevention as well.
Tracking FSMA Progress
There are seven foundational rules of FSMA that will reach their compliance dates over the next several years. Tracking their impact on the food safety system and measuring progress will be important in refining the FDA’s best practices. To achieve this, the FDA has established a dashboard where metrics against those rules will be published to ensure transparency to the public. This new Food Safety Dashboard launched on September 30 as part of FDA-TRACK, which is one tool the FDA uses to monitor specific programs through key performance measures and projects.
The Food Safety Dashboard will continue to be populated with additional data to show more FSMA outcomes. The initial metrics are tracking outcomes in the areas of inspections and recalls for three FSMA rules. They include:
Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls rules for both human food and food for animals (preventive controls rules)
The agency anticipates these performance measures will evolve and improve over time as the FDA and its partners continue to implement FSMA and collect more and better-quality data. The agency will update the Food Safety Dashboard on a quarterly basis.
The New Era of Smarter Food Safety
Although FSMA compliance dates are still being rolled out, after nearly a decade it is important to evaluate the progress made within the food industry and look towards next steps. Now the FDA has introduced the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, a campaign focusing on traceability, digital technology and evolving food business models. These key tenants will play a pivotal role in tracing the origin of a contaminated food to its source in minutes, or even seconds, instead of days or weeks, when contamination does occur.
For many companies, keeping on track with FSMA's existing deadlines can seem costly and complex. However, with the right solution, you can solve inefficiencies that impact consumer safety in a way that empowers the core business as well. The FoodLogiQ Connect platform is designed to usher brands into an era of traceability, data-drive intelligence, and responsiveness while significantly reducing operating costs and waste. Learn more about FoodLogiQ technology by scheduling time with someone from our team.