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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.

Frank Yiannas: A New Era of Smarter Food Safety


Frank Yiannas joins the FoodSafetyMatters Podcast to discuss tech-enabled traceability in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

With the proposal for a new rule on traceability slated to be announced in September 2020, the FDA is striving to be thoughtful about how the agency will support food brands in adopting new business models and standards surrounding Key Data Elements and Critical Tracking Events, as well as an increased emphasis on new innovative approaches to food safety.  Listen to the episode featuring Frank Yiannas below.

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