FDA Holds Traceability Tech Contest

June 4, 2021
The FDA is looking for traceability technologies to promote transparency across the food chain.

The FDA is looking for traceability technologies to promote transparency across the food chain, and is inviting the general public to offer solutions.

The agency is issuing a challenge to “technology providers, public health advocates, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all disciplines” to come up with traceability solutions. The formal name is “The FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge.” FDA is looking for “traceability hardware, software, or data analytics platforms that are low-cost or no-cost to the end-user.” These can benefit any part of the supply chain, whether farmers or other primary producers, processors, distributors or retailers.

Entries must include a submission form, a video and a PowerPoint presentation. They are being accepted now through July 30.

There will be up to a dozen winners. No cash will be awarded, but the FDA will promote the winning solutions in a webinar and in emails and other promotional materials.

For more information or to enter, access the FDA’s Precision Challenge website.

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