The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it will hold a full-day public meeting on October 21, 2019, regarding “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” As explained in more detail in this memorandum, as part of FDA’s ongoing implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency is exploring new and emerging technology to assess risks and prioritize resources, while creating a more digital, traceable, and safer system. The agency’s initial focus areas are traceability, smarter tools, and approaches for prevention, the challenges of new business models and retail food safety, and support for the development of food safety cultures. The meeting will be held in Rockville, Maryland, and also will be webcast.
FDA also is opening a docket to receive comments related to this issue, including on several questions set out in the Federal Register notice announcing the meeting. The docket will be open through November 20, 2019.