“Today’s technology-focused world has morphed the way our society operates, creating a highly complex and globally interconnected landscape that is fundamentally changing the way foods move from farm to table.” Thus begins an April 2019 statement from FDA evidencing the rise of the digital world. While technological applications and even requirements are not new, they are continually increasing for food facilities:
The statement went on to note: “Tracing is only one area where technology can enhance food safety. We’ll also be looking at how to leverage emerging technologies and other approaches that are being used in society and business sectors all around us.”
While neither pest management nor other such services were specifically mentioned, the statement held an underlying premise of increased technology in all areas related to food safety. FSMA introduced the drive toward the modernization of food safety practices, and from all accounts, technology is what will help to carry it forward. And food and beverage companies will need to keep up – or get left behind.
As the FDA statement concluded, “welcome to the new era of smarter food safety that is people-led, FSMA-based and technology-enabled!