U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the second phase of the Food and Drug Administration’s artificial intelligence imported seafood pilot program was launched Feb. 1 and is scheduled to run through July 31. No significant service interruptions to industry and seafood import processors are expected during this phase. The first phase of the pilot, an analytical proof of concept launched in 2019, demonstrated the potential for AI to assist the FDA in ensuring the security and safety of imported seafood.

According to CBP, the data from this pilot will be studied and used to evaluate the utility of AI in support of import targeting, which may ultimately help implement an AI model to target high-risk seafood products. The pilot will help the FDA not only gain experience with powerful new AI-enabled technology but also add to the tools used to determine compliance with regulatory requirements and speed up detection of public health threats.

Following completion of the pilot the FDA will communicate its findings to facilitate dialogue on how new and emerging technologies can be harnessed to solve complex public health challenges.

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