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The Future of Food Safety is “Smarter” – Start Preparing Now

Wednesday, August 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Kendall Dixon
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Recently FDA released their most recent initiative New Era of Smarter Food Safety. It’s built the principle of “achievable goals to enhance traceability, improve predictive analytics, respond more rapidly to outbreaks, address new business models, reduce contamination of food, and foster the development of stronger food safety cultures.” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn rolled it out in a video and as well as Blueprint overview.

Industry reaction has been mixed. It seems to have a few surprises in its intent and scope as many of the high-level initiatives have been underway within FDA and shared in various forms with stakeholders. GFVGA’s Director of Food Safety and Education, Beth Oleson, was invited to participate on a webinar hosted by United Fresh Produce Association, PMA, and Western Growers. The panel went beyond the numerous bulleted framework points, shared insights, potential implications, anticipated impacts, and opportunities for engagement in the journey with FDA. A key element of this webinar was identify the approaches, needs, barriers and timeline to advance the concepts proposed in the New Era document.

 

Key takeaways included

  • FDA’s plan for the future specifically calls for partnerships
    • Industry can lead innovation and adoption efforts now (for their own business benefit and the mutual benefit of public health)
  • We’ll need to collectively figure out how to overcome some barriers and challenges
    • Both within the various produce commodity sectors and across the supply chain
  • Future discussions should focus on prioritizing efforts across the Core Elements
    • Establish areas for data harmonization and management, timelines and metrics for success
  • Each company has valuable data, the data has value to its internal operations, the commodities it produces, and industry in general


One way to begin preparing for Smarter Food Safety, is to evaluate the inefficiencies on our farms and facilities. This includes adopting technologies that will help digitize data and make comparisons and trends easier to spot. GFVGA is pleased to work with iFoodsDecision Sciences to offer the timely webinar, Getting Real – How Difficult is it to Transition to a Digital Food & Quality Platform? The prospect of deploying tablets and software out into the fields and orchards can seem like a daunting task. Will the software be embraced by the staff? Will your unique processes be supported? Will it all be worth it? Interact with growers and experts who have made the transition and learn from their experience. Learn how real-time visibility across your operation can distribute safety responsibility from farm to packing plant and enable a true culture of food safety and quality.

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Getting Real – How Difficult is it to Transition to a Digital Food & Quality Platform?

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The prospect of deploying tablets and software out into the fields and orchards can seem like a daunting task. Will the software be embraced by the staff? Will your unique processes be supported? Will it all be worth it? Interact with growers and experts who have made the transition and learn from their experience. Learn how real-time visibility across your operation can distribute safety responsibility from farm to packing plant and enable a true culture of food safety and quality.

Who Should Attend: Food Safety & Quality leaders, Operations Managers, IT
Time: Aug 27, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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