This year’s keynote speaker was Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy & response. Yiannas discussed the evolution of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the role that technology must play in providing better transparency and traceability—a message that aligns perfectly with FoodLogiQ’s mission of mapping the world’s food chain, making it as safe as possible, and empowering people to make informed decisions about the food they eat. He reiterated the message that we are in the midst of a new era of modern food safety.
“I believe that we’re in the midst of a food revolution,” said Yiannas, pointing to the level of investment in food globally. “Products will be reformulated…new food sources and production approaches will be realized, and the food system will become increasingly digitized.”
Yiannas also shared ways that the public and private sectors must work together as part of the agency’s initiative, the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, an FDA campaign focusing on traceability, digital technology and evolving food business models.
Here are some other highlights from this week’s gathering, which I was pleased to attend with my FoodLogiQ colleagues Julie McGill, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Insights; James Altmann, Mid-Market Account Executive; and Wesley Ange, Enterprise Account Executive:
Julie McGill was a featured speaker during a supply chain transparency panel discussion, alongside Jeanne Duckett, Manager of Technology Development at Avery Dennison, and Marianne Alvardo, Executive Territory Specialist at Metalcraft. The group discussed how supply chain transparency is rapidly becoming a top priority for food businesses because it allows them to connect with consumers and to earn their trust, in addition to providing better visibility to all stakeholders within the supply chain.
There were a number of training opportunities this week, attended by a committed group of food safety professionals eager to learn and collaborate. All sectors of industry from consumer packaged goods, grocery, retail were represented.
In light of the numerous cases of foodborne illness and tainted products over the last 12 months, there was a major focus on food recalls and withdrawals during the conference. A Recalls Panel Discussion was led by Rob Mommsen, Director of Global Quality & Food Safety at Sabra Dipping Company.
The event was a successful and exciting view into the future of food safety, as well as the role digital technology will play in solving existing problems in the industry. To learn more about FoodLogiQ's digital solutions for food safety and traceability schedule a demo here.