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FDA Selects Winners for Low- or No-Cost Food Traceability Challenge; Plans Webinar to Showcase Solutions

Constituent Update

September 13, 2021

Today FDA announces the 12 winners of the FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge. From the time the challenge was launched on June 1, 2021 until the submission window closed on July 30, 2021, there were 90 submissions, with the winning teams representing the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. Submitting teams also hailed from Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

A goal of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative is to help achieve end-to-end traceability – from source to table – throughout the food safety system. Tapping into new technologies and integrating data streams will help to advance the widespread, consistent implementation of traceability systems across the food industry.

However, the affordability of such technologies, particularly for smaller companies, can be a barrier to adopting tech-enabled traceability systems. To achieve end-to-end food traceability, accessible tracing solutions are needed.

The primary goal of this challenge has been to encourage stakeholders, including technology providers, public health advocates, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all disciplines to develop traceability hardware, software, or data analytics platforms that are low-cost or no-cost to the end user. 

Meet the Winners

Learn more about the winners and watch the videos they submitted on FDA’s Food Traceability Challenge page.

For comprehensive information on all aspects of the challenge, visit the Results Page at precisionFDA.gov.

Save the Date for the Winners Webinar

Join us for FDA’s Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge Webinar on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The 12 winning teams will present their solutions and take questions during a live Q&A session. 
 

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