FDA awards millions for food and feed safety
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
announced 17 grants awarded with the aim of enhancing food and feed safety.
These grants will fund major cooperative agreements in 4 major areas. The
FDA awarded a combined US$5.2 mln in these 1-year grants to various state and
local regulatory agencies.
"These cooperative agreements support and enhance local food protection
efforts consistent with our Food Protection Plan," said Michael Chappell, the
FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The grants
represent an important step in the FDAÂ¹s continued efforts to integrate and
improve the effectiveness of food safety systems at the federal, state and local
Intervention: Food Safety and Security Monitoring
The grants for Food Safety and Security Monitoring provide funding to Food
Emergency Response Network chemistry laboratories, laboratories essential to
intervention efforts. The grants may be used for facility upgrades, training in
current food testing methodologies, and increased laboratory sample analysis
capacity, among other activities. In the event of a large-scale chemical
terrorism event affecting food or food products, the recipient may be required
to perform selected chemical analyses of food samples collected by the FDA or
provided by other government agencies through the FDA. The states receiving
these grants were Colorado, California and Ohio and were given up to
Intervention: Innovative Food Defence
The Innovative Food Defence grants will generate novel solutions and
outreach to address gaps in, or provide enhancement to, food defence nationwide
-- for example, implementing the food defence programs in food establishments
called the Assure, Look, Employees, Reports, and Threat or ALERT, and Employees
Follow, Inspect, Recognize, Secure, and Tell or FIRST.
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