( Courtesy FDA )

The Food and Drug Administration is discussing New Era of Smarter Food Safety developments in a web seminar as the program hits the 100-day mark.

The hour-long seminar, 3 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 26, will feature Frank Yiannas, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response, and leaders of the four “core elements” of the New Era blueprint, according to a news release.

Registration is required, and registration closes at 5 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 22.

The FDA officially rolled out its food safety plan, on July 13. Its four core elements are:

  • Tech-enabled traceability;
  • Smarter tools and approaches for prevention and outbreak response;
  • New business models and retail modernization; and 
  • Food safety culture.

The web seminar will introduce some of the people leading the effort to revamp food safety and how they’re doing it, according to the release, as well as what’s been achieved since July 13, a plan and priorities for the next two years and the agency’s plans to engage with shareholders.

Since the formal introduction of the blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, the FDA has:

  • Discussed its Leafy Greens Action Plan with the industry;
  • Announced funding for Food Safety Modernization Act training and education
  • Set fees for the Voluntary Qualified Importer and Third-Party Certification programs;
  • Announced new protocols for developing/registering pre-harvest agricultural water treatments;
  • Requested information on expanding the Rarely Consumed Raw List for Uncommonly Consumed produce; and
  • Announced the FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule.