Emerging technologies are the new toys for the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They have announced plans to pilot artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies. In addition, they are exploring how to utilize blockchain internally and industry-wide. Computer World brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “FDA to pilot A.I., consider blockchain, to track and trace food.”

In what the FDA is calling a “new era of smarter food safety”, they are testing AI and machine learning to better assess food-borne illness risks from imports. When it comes to food traceability, many suppliers rely on a largely paper-based system of taking one step forward to identify where the food has gone and one step back to identify the source. But rarely is food traceable to its origin.

With the many illnesses and deaths coming from produce and manufactured food products in the past few years, the FDA is looking for assistance from emerging technologies.

Melody K. Smith

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