Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has found itself in so many corporations over the years, like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Facebook. But, did you know that AI tech is improving seafood safety, too? Read on to dive into Phase II of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) program.
Originally, AI tech was piloted by the FDA to identify the types of seafood products from countries around the world. Its purpose was to identify if incoming seafood was a risk to the health of the public. Since the United States of America imports over 90% of its seafood, this has been one of the top priorities for the FDA. Before AI tech, the FDA was undermanned using people to try to contain this security threat.
The United States got smart, and has been working on implementing AI tech to support the FDA. In 2019, the FDA started with the first phase, which involved machine learning to identify shipments of risky seafood. The main concern is shipments of seafood that has bacteria, parasites, and other diseases that could impact the American public.
By analyzing data rapidly, and creating trends, a rules system has grown in strength and protection for imported seafood. Now, the FDA is ready to continue the “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” program in step two. From February 1st to July 31st, phase II will add in tools to work on compliance of safe seafood imports and improving the detection process.
With the help of transparency and added dialogue, this technology is no longer something for the future. But, it is the now. It will be interesting to see how quickly phase II will work, and what is ahead in the future of AI tech in the realm of seafood. Whether you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest or somewhere else, AI tech is protecting your seafood.