Import Screening Pilot Unleashes the Power of Data

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By: Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs 

I frequently emphasize the importance of data in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s work as a science-based regulatory agency, and the need to “unleash the power of data” through sophisticated mechanisms for collection, review and analysis so that it may become preventive, action-oriented information. 

As one example of this commitment, I would like to tell you about cross-cutting work the agency is undertaking to leverage our use of artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. This work promises to equip the FDA with important new ways to apply available data sources to strengthen our public health mission. The ultimate goal is to see if AI can improve our ability to quickly and efficiently identify products that may pose a threat to public health. 

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.One area in which the FDA is assessing the use of AI is in the screening of imported foods. Americans want to enjoy a diverse and available food supply. They also want their food to be safe, whether it’s domestically produced or imported from abroad. 

So we …

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