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New Era for Smarter Food Safety

Welcome to the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. The world around us is changing rapidly;  many believe we will see more changes in the food system over the next 10 years than we have in decades. Foods are being reformulated; there are new foods, new production methods, and new delivery methods; and the system is becoming increasingly digitized.

To keep pace with this evolution, FDA is taking a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system.

Smarter food safety is about more than just technology. It's also about simpler, more effective, and modern approaches and processes. It's about leadership, creativity, and culture.

Our ultimate goal is to bend the curve of foodborne illness in this country by reducing the number of illnesses.

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New Era Blueprint

This blueprint outlines the approach FDA will take over the next decade to usher in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. This document represents 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. It outlines a partnership between government, industry and public health advocates based on a commitment to create a more modern approach to food safety. The challenges that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the need for actions called for in the blueprint, especially in times of crisis.

Select Activities

The blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety was announced in July 2020. In FDA Voices, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, recognize the significant progress that has been made over the past year.

And FDA, working with partners in the public and private sectors, continues this year to advance goals in each of the four priority areas, called core elements.

View New Era of Smarter Food Safety Select Activities for 2021

New Era News...

The FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge

The FDA has launched a challenge to encourage the development of food traceability solutions that are low- or no- cost to the end user, create shared-value, and can scale to encourage widespread adoption. 

For more information, visit Food Traceability Challenge: Looking for Affordable Solutions.

And to join the Challenge, visit the launch page at precision.fda.gov

Hear from Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas

Frank Yiannas - Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response
“It’s more important today than ever before in our history to work together to create a more digital, traceable and safer food system.”
-- Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, Frank Yiannas

Announcements, Meetings, and Webinars 

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The New Era of Smarter Food Safety builds on work that FDA has done to implement FSMA, which established science and risk-based protections.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness

Enhanced traceability and predictive analytics are New Era goals to speed outbreak response and prevention.

Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, or have relevant information that you would like to share, contact us in the following ways:


Meeting Request   Meeting Request Form

Speaker Request   Speaker Request Form

For meeting and speaker requests, please include a request form when you contact us.


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