With the growing era of “smarter” food safety, the FDA planning to leverage innovative technologies. This is mostly aimed to improve traceability and transparency over the American food system.
“However, some forecasters believe that the food system would improve in the coming years and that is a great thing. Thus, we must digitize the overall food system and there is no doubt about it”, said Frank Yiannas.
Though the current system to trace food from warehouses and packing houses for shipment is largely paper-based, he said. This means the safety experts could only trace food products from one location to another.
“You can realize if you planning to trace or track this on the paper. However, it may take a longer time to tell where such items came from,” he states.
Though, this poses issued in the center of unsafe outbreaks. He said the FDA requires many days to find the farms which contaminate with E.coli. However, it is generating from multistate outbreaks in November 2018.
“The damage which doses to customers trust is hard to completely measure,” he said. However, the food system is quite safe, and the incidents happen, unfortunately.
This occurrence encourages the FDA to expose a statement on “this new are of food safety.”
Before working with the FDA, Yiannas introduce a model at Walmart with the use of blockchain technology. This is to track and trace mangoes from farm to store source.
“So to make the lengthier story short, we plan to with technology providers and small farmers. This will help to start capturing and digitizing the tracking data on a blockchain,” he said.
However, with the use of blockchain technology, one can track the mangos source in just 2.2 seconds.
“It will bring more transparency to the food processing system. By creating the digitalization, one can encourage all different shareholders in the food system.