How artificial intelligence can make our food safer.

The average cost of a food recall due to bacterial or microbial contamination is US$10 million. AI can help optimize the current systems used in the food processing industry.

The power of AI and machine learning is the predictive ability; it can help the food industry take steps earlier to reduce the occurrence of foodborne disease in their operations.

The idea is to get machines to think like the human brain. So that the current errors and inefficiencies from human intervention—which may at times compromise food safety—can be predicted by AI and ultimately decreased or eliminated.

Another promising application is using AI to analyze the behavioral data of human workers in the processing line. In practice, this could mean workers fill in a quick, online weekly survey about their workplace culture. Natural language processing would then be used to analyze their answers and create a quantitative measure of food safety culture. The company could predict the likelihood of food safety issues by looking at the trends in food safety culture and combining them with the other food safety related data, and take timely steps to reduce the chance of an outbreak.