The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is hosting a webinar on April 13 at 2 p.m. on the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan that the agency released in early December 2021. 

Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas and FDA experts across the agency’s human foods program will be available to explain and answer questions about the plan with the goal of raising awareness, enhancing understanding, and building support. Stakeholders are welcome to provide their insights as well as ask questions. 

This response improvement plan focuses on tech-enabled product traceback, root cause investigations, analysis and dissemination of outbreak data, and operational improvements. It is intended to work in concert with FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, which outlines specific approaches the FDA will take over the next decade to address food safety in the rapidly changing food system. 

The plan was also informed by an independent review of the FDA’s structural and functional capacity to support, participate in, or lead multistate foodborne illness outbreak investigation activities. Attendees will hear more about that review in this webinar. 

Those interested in attending can register here.

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