The Food & Drug Administration today unveiled the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, a strategic blueprint to bolster protection of the nation’s food supply that builds on the nearly decade-old Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the New Era plan marks a new approach to food safety in terms of employing technology and other tools to establish a more digital, traceable food supply chain. The goal is to “bend the curve” of foodborne illness by enhancing traceability, improving predictive analytics, responding more rapidly to outbreaks, addressing new business models, reducing food contamination and developing stronger food safety cultures.
“The blueprint outlines a path forward that builds on the work the FDA has already done through implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As you know, FSMA has been a centerpiece of our work to help ensure food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses through the use of science and risk-based standards. The authority granted by FSMA enables a flexible framework that is adaptable to the changing food environment as science and technologies evolve,” Hahn said in a press conference on Monday.
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For More Information
- The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Website
- The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint
- Remarks by FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., with an introduction by Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas