More severe safety policies and further reduced amount of sugar and salt consumption is the top concern being discussed by various industry leaders and policy makers during the National food policy conference.
Frank Yuannas, the deputy commissioner for food policy of the U.S. Food and Drug administration, mentioned that he is accountable for implementation of the food safety modernization act, and managing the same through balancing the new technologies. During this event, the FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, mentioned to restaurants and retailers to withdraw romaine from the market. Yiannas mentioned the Produce Safety Rule that is a part of FSMA conventional supplies to ensure possible contaminants out of water, and there would be more rules and regulations in the coming weeks and months.
In continuation to this Yiannas spoke to the audience in Washington, D.C. that concerns towards food safety is mainly about public health and it is important to prevent foodborne disease and it is important to prevent them and gain the trust of consumers. Currently, the food dental association is entering into a new era for better food safety and ensure better decisions would be driven by data and will work along with technologies like Blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Most of the industry leaders agreed to give food safety the top priority in 2019. Supporting this Alsion Bodor, president and CEO, American Frozen Food Institute mentioned that government agencies as well as consumers need to commit towards food safety. But she also mentioned that frozen industry needs rules and regulations that are pocket friendly and practical. She further mentioned that sale of safe products than there is no point of selling at all.
However, this is not a simple task and Laura MacCleery mentioned some key provisions of the FDA produce rules that were likely to improve the quality of water has been delayed. The Act of food modernization act, which was signed in 2011, mentioned that cultivators should test their irrigation water and take steps to avoid contaminated sources from used in cooking. The announcement in September 2017 mentioned that delay would be till 2022, which would include large farms. This is required to allow agencies to consider how we can further reduce the regulatory burdens or increase the flexibility.
These factors are being discussed to ensure that there is a proper standards being maintained across various food vendors. It is likely to ensure that food being served at restaurants of all types maintain the quality standards all across.