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.

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.

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability Releases GDST 1.0


The seafood industry has a lot to gain from scalable traceability systems, particularly in the form of reduced supply chain costs and risks. With threats of fraud and adulteration, in addition to at-risk seafood supplies, seafood industry leaders have decided to come together to outline infrastructure for a more resilient and traceable seafood supply chain.

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.

Tech Enabled Traceability in the Food Safety Supply Chain

FoodLogiQ’s VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Insights Julie McGill will be discussing how technology is advancing supply chain transparency with AIM North America on February 26th, 2020 at 12 pm ET.

In response to FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety, the AIM North America Food Policy Working Group has launched a webinar series to facilitate dialogue around a more intelligent food supply chain. FoodLogiQ’s Julie McGill will be joining AIM North America as part of this series for a discussion on tech-enabled traceability in the food industry.