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Fortress responds to FDA’s New Era of Food Safety rule at Interpack 2023

By GloHouse Media   


Company exhibiting at Booth E30, Hall 11

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 Jan. 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 record-keeping 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 labour 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

Fortress Technology Ltd. is a privately owned Toronto-based company. Fortress Technology is the only inspection-system manufacturer that, since its inception in 1996, custom-manufactures metal detectors and checkweighers to suit its customers’ needs, application and specification while ensuring optimal performance. Dedicated to their Never Obsolete Commitment, new technology is developed to be backwards compatible and accessible without having to purchase an entirely new system. Renowned in the industry for their speed, accuracy and simple operation, Fortress systems are used widely within a range of food industry sectors, including bakery, meats, ready meals, dairy, confectionery, fresh foods, and frozen foods. In addition to product manufacture, the company offers a range of before- and after-sales service and support services, including consultation, product testing, training, preventative-maintenance plans, spare parts and validation visits. Fortress is a global enterprise providing worldwide coverage from its manufacturing facilities in Canada, the U.K., and Brazil.


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