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New Era for Smarter Food Safety


FDA Releases Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan

On December 9, 2021, FDA released a plan to improve the agency’s ability to identify the sources and causes of foodborne illness outbreaks. The plan was informed by an independent review of the FDA’s capacity to support, participate in, or lead multistate outbreak investigations.

FDA Hosts New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce

On October 19-21, 2021, FDA convened a virtual summit to discuss the safety, and potential food safety vulnerabilities, of foods sold online and delivered directly to consumers.

Meet the Winners of FDA's Low- or No-Cost Food Traceability Challenge

On September 13, 2021, the FDA announced the 12 winners of the food traceability challenge. A video introduced by Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas showcases the winners. The winners present their low- or no-cost traceability solutions in a webinar recorded on September 28. 

Welcome to the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. FDA is taking a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools and approaches to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system. Our ultimate goal is to bend the curve of foodborne illness in this country by reducing the number of illnesses.

The New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint, announced in July 2020, outlines 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

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

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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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