FDA Announces Upcoming “Food Safety Culture” Webinar Series | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced its partnership with Stop Foodborne Illness to co-host a webinar series titled “Collaborating on Culture in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” The first session in the series, titled “Key Concepts for Approaching Food Safety Culture as a Science – Not a Slogan,” will air on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.

The FDA developed the webinar series to emphasize the importance of a strong food safety culture, a central element of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. This initiative builds on the work of the FDA to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and “to reverse the curve of foodborne illness in this country by reducing the number of illnesses.” The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Master Plan, released in July 2020, focuses on four core elements: (1) technology-based traceability; (2) smarter tools and approaches for outbreak prevention and response; (3) new business models and modernization of retail, and (4) culture of food safety. As these essentials confirm, the FDA not only aims to leverage technology (including new data analysis techniques and other tools) to create a safer, more digital and traceable food system, but also encourage food businesses to develop a strong culture of food safety, which the agency considers a prerequisite for effective food safety management.

According to the FDA, attendees of this webinar series should expect a collaborative exchange of ideas between public and private sector food safety leaders on the value of promoting, supporting and strengthening safety cultures. food to help ensure the safe production of food; and the role of science metrics to assess their effectiveness. Hopefully the FDA will also provide some clarification on how a strong culture of food safety is defined, how it intends to educate its investigators on the characteristics that indicate a facility has a strong culture of food safety and on how. how the positive culture of food safety of companies can be taken into account in reducing inspection frequencies.

To learn more about this webinar, including how to register for the webinar, visit Save the Date: Food Safety Culture Webinar.

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