Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 12:15pm PDT

State, UC Davis partner on food safety

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Sacramento Business Journal

The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the University of California Davisís Center for Produce Safety have agreed to work together to improve the Food and Agriculture Departmentís grant and funding processes.

The state agency and the Center for Produce Safetyís first project together will be a specialty crop program that will award $15 million to make California crops more competitive. The Department of Food and Agriculture intends to dedicate a portion of that funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to food-safety improvement programs.

The Center for Produce Safety will issue a call for grant proposals to improve food safety, then review the grants and make recommendations to the agency for funding.

The partnership is no-cost, though the agency pointed to the Centerís ability to provide matching funding for its projects.

Food safety has been a major concern in California as the state has grappled with recent salmonella outbreaks linked to spinach and pistachios.



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