CFSAN outlines technology gaps in recent science and research plan


Earlier this year, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) published a Research Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The FSMA policy puts the FDA in charge of regulating over $400 billion of domestic food, nearly $50 billion in imports, and over $60 billion in cosmetics transactions taking place over state lines. According to the CFSAN paper, if the FDA is going to be remotely successful at implementing it, there are several technological “knowledge gaps” that need to be addressed.

In the paper’s own words, “globalization, new technologies, and increased consumer dreaming for fresh and imported food products are driving a need for new tools and standards to regulate a more complex and diverse food supply and cosmetic industry.”

To improve the efficiency of the FSMA’s implementation and fill those knowledge gaps, the paper focused on six key strategic goals:

  1. Preventative Controls: Better outlines for intervention and prevention when it comes to microbial and chemical hazards in FSMA-regulated resources.
  2. Screening Methods: The FDA should begin implementing field laboratory screening methods to more quickly detect chemical contaminants.
  3. Scientific Leadership: Improve leadership and public reach for bioinformatics with the goal of improving overall public health decision making.
  4. Toxicological Approaches: Applying modern toxicological approaches for chemical hazards in regulated products.
  5. Research: Continue the advancement of diet and health research to determine better science-focused policies.
  6. Public Health: The FDA should engage key stakeholders to focus their scientific resources to maximizing health benefits.

Here at Food Service Solutions, we strive to stay on top of the latest technological news in the food services industry, and we go out of our way to incorporate them into our products. If you’re looking to use technology to revamp your restaurant or cafeteria to maximize your profits and guest satisfaction, look no further than our cafeteria software.

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