by Eric Moore, Director of Food Safety & Industry Relations, Testo North America
Welcome back! In the last blog post, we set the stage for what the New Era of Smarter Food Safety is (new approach to protecting public health) and why it is a needed journey to reduce food related illness through modernization. It’s time to explore some of the specific activities FDA is planning to achieve the goal of a Smarter Food Safety system. I have decided to begin with looking at the New Business Models and Retail Modernization element of the plan for a specific reason. Unlike the last major FDA policy change (FSMA), Retail (grocery and foodservice) food safety has not been left out, and for good reason. As stated in the blueprint: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), restaurants and other retail establishments remain the most common nexus of foodborne illness outbreaks”.