USA – TechTalk Podcast Episode 3: Artificial Intelligence in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety


On March 21, 2022, the third installment of FDA’s new podcast series on technology and food safety will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to advance food safety.

This quarterly podcast explores the potential for novel technological approaches and solutions in each of the core elements in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. The second Core Element, called Smarter Tools and Approaches for Prevention and Outbreak Response, includes goals to expand predictive analytics capabilities using AI and machine learning tools.

In this third podcast, Frank Yiannas, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, and Donald Prater, Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety, will lead a discussion with food industry experts on subjects that include the opportunities that AI offers to help protect consumers from food safety issues, potential uses of AI that food producers could consider, and what’s on the horizon for AI in FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

The experts:

  • Maria Velissariou, Global Corporate Research & Development Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Mars Incorporated, a global, family-owned business with a portfolio of confectionary, food and pet-care products and services;
  • Nikos Manouselis, founder and CEO of Agroknow, a food safety intelligence company that predicts food safety risks to inform prevention; and
  • Cronan McNamara – founder and CEO of Creme Global, a company providing food safety data analytics and predictive modeling software and services.

To Listen

The link to listen will be posted on Monday, March 21, 2022 on this page and on the TechTalk Podcast main page on

Registration is not required but questions can be emailed in advance at Questions submitted by March 14, 2022 may be considered by the panelists.

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