FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce
The FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce: Ensuring the Safety of Foods Ordered Online and Delivered Directly to Consumers will take place virtually October 19-21, 2021. The summit is designed to help the agency improve its understanding of how human and animal foods are sold through Business to Consumer (or B2C for short) e-commerce models across the U.S. and globally.
The summit is an opportunity for FDA to further our collaboration on food safety with our federal, state, local, and tribal regulatory partners, and a broad array of stakeholders, including industry, consumers, consumer and public health organizations, and academia.
Topics for discussion during the summit include:
- Types of B2C e-commerce models (e.g., produce and meal kit subscription services, ghost kitchens, dark stores)
- Safety risks associated with foods sold through B2C e-commerce
- Standards of care used by industry to control these safety risks
- Types of delivery models (e.g., third-party delivery, autonomous delivery models)
- Regulatory approaches to food sold through B2C e-commerce, including challenges and gaps that need to be addressed
- Labeling of foods sold through B2C e-commerce
The FDA intends to use what they learn during the public meeting, and from comments submitted to the Federal Register, to help determine what actions, if any, may be needed to keep consumers safe.