FDA Releases Blueprint On Using Modern Technologies To Usher In A ‘New Era Of Smarter Food’

  • The U.S Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is looking into integrating modern technology such as AI and blockchains to develop a new era of food safety.

In a blueprint document published on July 13, ‘New Era for Smarter Food Safety Blueprint,’ the FDA is looking into a new approach to food safety through leveraging modern technologies to “create a safer and more digital, traceable food system.”

The document focuses on new technologies, strategies, and leadership to offer the safest food possible, blockchain is mentioned as a key component in the blueprint.

The new era of modern food security and safety lies on four key pillars, namely the new business models and retail modernization, food safety culture, faster prevention and approach methods to outbreaks, and finally, a tech-enabled traceability feature such as AI, Big data, and blockchain.

When we look at how industries track, through digital means, the real-time movement of planes, ride-sharing, and packaged goods or how firms are harnessing big data to identify trends,” the blueprint reads.

“It is clear FDA, and our stakeholders should be looking at how to tap into new technologies that include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, sensor technologies, and blockchain.”

Blockchain technology also mentioned as a critical component in leveraging digital transformation whereby if implemented, it will help in “receiving receive critical tracking events and key data elements from industry and regulatory partners.”

FDA is critically looking at blockchain solutions to improve traceability and tracking of food and medicine. In May, BEG reported FDA’s successful completion of a pilot blockchain program together with IBM, KPMG, Merck, and Walmart to trace medication in the U.S.

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Author: Lujan Odera

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