Smarter Food Safety
On April 30, 2019, Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas announced a new approach to food safety, one that recognizes and builds on the progress made in the past but looks towards what processes and tools will be needed for the future.
The agency is currently developing a Strategic Blueprint that will outline how FDA plans to leverage technology, and other tools, to create a more digital, traceable and safer food system. This work will build on the advances that are being made in the FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) while advancing the use of technologies that are currently used in society and business sectors all around us.
Priority Areas of Smarter Food Safety
- Tech-Enabled Traceability and Food borne Outbreak Response: Looking at technologies, data streams, and processes that will greatly reduce the time it takes to track and trace the origin of a contaminated food and respond to public health risks.
- Smarter Tools and Approaches for Prevention: Enhancing the use of new knowledge from traceback, data streams and tools for rapidly analyzing data. The ability to use new data analysis tools and predictive analytics will help FDA and stakeholders better identify and mitigate potential food safety risks and advance the preventive controls framework that FSMA established.
- Adapting to New Business Models and Retail Food Safety Modernization: Advancing the safety of both new business models, such as e-commerce and home delivery of foods, and traditional business models, such as retail food establishments.
- Food Safety Culture: Promoting and recognizing the role of food safety culture on farms and in facilities. This involves doing more to influence what employees and companies think about food safety and how they demonstrate a commitment to this work. Strengthening food safety cultures also extends to the home and FDA is working to educate consumers on safe food handling practices.
Pulled From, “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” – Full Source
“Today’s technology-focused world has morphed the way our society operates, creating a highly complex and globally interconnected landscape that is fundamentally changing the way foods move from farm to table. We’ve evolved from a system that sources foods from “around the corner” to “around the world” and are now redefining the “last mile” with the emergence of various direct-to-home food delivery models.”
– Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the FDA, Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless MD & Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the FDA, Frank Yiannas
How Can Your Company Prepare for the Future?
Establish a Vision
- Step back and get senior management involved
- Ask Questions:
- How do you see your organization evolving and growing over the next 5 to 10 years?
- Are your processes antiquated?
- What is your customer and consumer looking for?
- What teams do you have in place now and what teams do you need in place for the future?
- What regulations adhere to your company?
Create a Blueprint
- Incorporate your vision into a blueprint for success
- Draft a blueprint on how systems and regulations will look
- Include smarter tools for food safety and food safety culture
- Educate everybody from maintenance to upper management
- Utilize cross functional and collaborative teams
- Think outside of the box – you don’t have to fit in the traditional molds for food safety
Take Advantage of New Tools & Technology
- Harnessing New Tools & Technology can help in a variety of ways. It can,
- Give confidence and empower employees
- Eliminate excess paperwork
- Create more transparency when reporting
- Drastically speed up old and outdated processes
- Provide more flexibility to team members
- Allow more time to be focused on the other important aspects of your business
How an Emerging Fruit Producer Took the Power Into Their Own Hands
Yakima Fruit & Cold Storage from Wapato, WA recently made the transition to a simple, all-in-one, CERTUS Food Safety System. Yakima Fruit & Cold Storage has implemented the CERTUS System into their Environmental Monitoring Program and says it was one of the greatest decisions they have ever made. The road to a successful EMP must also include the important elements of collaboration, leadership, creativity and culture. We cannot enter into this journey alone, and to be successful, it’s equally important for food and technology companies to join in on this effort.
Watch how Yakima Fruit & Cold Storage adopted the CERTUS System into their Environmental Monitor Program and made the simple, smart, and safe decision.