While early automation may have made food less safe in some applications, next-generation technologies are the only conceivable solution for stemming the current recall tide. The ability to remove human error from the mix, combined with advanced robotics, sensors, and testing technologies will lead to a safer food supply. The financial incentives in the forms of fewer product recalls, regulatory compliance, and brand protection warrant the investments in modernizing production.
Good is vice president of marketing and sales operations for Stericycle Expert Solutions. He also co-founded and led a software development firm specializing in asset management healthcare solutions. Reach him at Michael.Good@STERICYCLE.com.