Back in April, the acting commission of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the deputy commission announced plans to develop a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” The FDA has just closed the period for the public to comment on its proposal, and it will unveil its plans during the coming year.
The FDA wants to move away from the manual, paper-based system now used to track food from the farm to the customer’s plate and replace it with new technologies that can automate the process. One of those is RFID, but other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, including RF sensors, will also play a role.
“The use of new and evolving digital technologies may play a pivotal role in tracing the origin of a contaminated food to its source in minutes, or even seconds, instead of days or weeks, when contamination does occur,” the FDA says. “Access to information during an outbreak about the origin of contaminated food will help us conduct more timely root cause analysis and apply these learnings to prevent future incidents from happening in the first place.”
The FDA plans to explore opportunities and specific actions to evaluate new technologies and upgrade its abilities to rapidly track and trace food through the supply chain. The plan is to align food traceability efforts with other track-and-trace efforts, such as pilot programs focused on tracking the movements of medicines throughout the supply chain, as part of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.
The plan is to explore the use of blockchain, sensors, IoT technologies and artificial intelligence, will the UK follow suit ?
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