US FDA to Hold Meeting on Blockchain and AI in Food Traceability

John Parker - September 19, 2019

The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is now all set to hold a much needed public meeting for discussion of its new initiative termed “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety”.

In the official announcement made on 17th September, the FDA mentioned that the consultation to be carried out with the international stakeholders that is designed to talk about the health challenges of the public & implementation of this Food Safety Modernization Act, shall occur on 21st October.

In essence, the FDA has aims to establish system that is more traceable, digital, as well as safer. This will help protect the consumers from the contaminated food. This initiative proposes the deployment of technologies like AI, blockchain, sensors, and IoT for development of the digital system. This helps trace the original food source as well as assess the associated risks.

This latest approach was originally announced during the late half of April by Dr. Ned Sharpless, the Acting FDA Commissioner and Frank Yiannas, the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response. According to this announcement, the emerging technologies can massively reduce the overall time required to trace origins of the contaminated food.

John Parker is a finance writer and journalist based in the Outer Banks, NC.

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