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April 14, 2023



At Interpack 2023, food safety custodian Fortress Technology will present to global food processors operating or supplying customers in North America its framework of advanced digital tools, real-time data capture and machinery features engineered to support the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) New Era of Smarter Food Safety rules.

Effective January 20, 2023, the final New Era rule from the FDA rolled out. It requires anyone who manufactures, processes, packs, or holds foods that appear on the agency’s Food Traceability List to implement additional recordkeeping requirements.

Fortress recently published its response to these new rules with an informative Whitepaper outlining the steps and tools food processors can utilize to create a sturdier, more flexible and safer food supply chain. Titled Building a Positive and Smarter Food Safety Culture, visitors can download a copy in advance of the Düsseldorf exhibition.

Targeting growth opportunities, production inefficiencies, QC reporting and audit transparency, visitors to the Fortress booth (Hall 11, E30) will discover how data-driven tools can expediate the response to production bottlenecks, supply chain adjustments and product recalls.

Presenting over seven reliable contaminant inspection machines at Interpack 2023, including systems for bulk, snack, bakery, meat processing, dairy, prepared meals and confectionery applications, guests can view new machine features and select from the extensive digital toolkit to address the risk of manually documenting and collating paper records. This includes:

  • Automatic Testing to eliminate human errors, eradicate health and safety risks, and save labor costs
  • Contact 4.0, to collect data and securely oversee the performance of an unlimited number of Fortress metal detectors, checkweighers and combination machines connected on the same network
  • Best practice GMP, foreign material control COP standards and internal inspection templates developed in collaboration with global food companies
  • Tools to red-flag immediate hygiene and maintenance issues
  • The most overlooked machine features that may exacerbate food contamination issues, e.g. setting and calibration of inspection equipment

Describing the benefits of investing in technology, tools and real-time data features that cannot be overridden or performed retrospectively, Fortress director Pierre DiGirolamo comments: “If producers cannot prove when and where inspection of their products took place, they may be unable to demonstrate HACCP and GFSI compliance. This could trigger a reinspection of an entire batch, or at worst a full and costly product recall. The FDA’s New Era blueprint supports tech-enabled traceability by ensuring digital tools provide evidence, accountability and confidence in domestic and international Food Safety programs.”  

Several of the Canadian leadership team, including Fortress founder and company President Steve Gidman, are attending Interpack 2023.  To pre-book a meeting, please email Download your copy of the Food Safety Culture Whitepaper from