On February 8, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched the second phase of the artificial intelligence imported seafood pilot project. The pilot program will be carried out from February 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021. The agency does not expect any major service interruptions to the industry and seafood import processing plants. The pilot project aims to enhance and improve the agency’s ability to quickly and effectively identify imported seafood that may pose a threat to public health, because more than 94%of the seafood in the United States is imported.
In 2019, the agency launched the first phase of the pilot, which is the proof of concept analysis, to check the use of machine learning (ML) to lock in illegal seafood shipments. Analysis shows that artificial intelligence has the potential to help the US Food and Drug Administration ensure the safety and safety of the national food supply, especially imported seafood. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that can quickly analyze data and automatically identify the connections and patterns in the data, which are invisible to people and even institutions in the current rule-based screening system.
As part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s”Smart Food Safety New Era” initiative, the agency is conducting a cross-cutting effort to leverage its artificial intelligence-based technology. The data from the pilot project will be studied and used to evaluate the effectiveness of artificial intelligence in supporting import targets, which may ultimately help implement artificial intelligence models to target high-risk seafood products. The pilot project will help the agency not only gain valuable experience with new and powerful artificial intelligence technologies, but will also add tools to determine compliance with regulatory requirements and accelerate detection of public health threats. After the pilot is completed, the US Food and Drug Administration will exchange its findings to increase transparency and promote dialogue on how to use emerging technologies to solve complex public health challenges.
The US Food and Drug Administration is expanding its use of new and smarter tools and methods to help it monitor food and help ensure a strong and resilient food system.