Bethesda, Maryland-based mobile services company Digital Management Inc. and the Agriculture Deparment will incorporate new features into an app operated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
DMI said Wednesday it looks to release updates for The FoodKeeper mobile app in May and August to add hotline access, multi-lingual support, imperial or metric format measurement display, calendar of events updates, general cooking information, educational videos and alerts for more than 100,000 users of Android and Apple devices that have downloaded the app.
USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates the country’s economy suffers up to $15 billion in costs per year, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths from 15 food-borne illnesses.
More than 133 billion pounds of food in the supply goes uneaten each year to reach an estimated retail value of $161 billion in food loss, ERS says.
DMI provides web, infrastructure, cloud, cybersecurity, mobility and big data services for military and federal civilian agencies such as the Defense Technology Information Center and Commerce Department.