FDA awards grants to three states to enhance food and feed safety

Source of Article: http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/Newsletters/weekly/nl_060309.htm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently enhanced its food and feed protection initiatives with the award of three one-year Food Safety and Security Monitoring grants totaling $1 million to the states of Arkansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The funds support cooperative agreements designed to create a national integrated food safety system through enhanced federal and state collaboration in food emergency response activities. The three states each received $350,000 to fund Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) chemistry laboratories. FERN labs are essential to the FDAs regulatory efforts and the grants may be used for facility upgrades, training in current food testing methodologies, increased laboratory sample analysis capacity, and other activities. In the event of a large-scale event affecting food or food products, the grant recipients may be required to perform selected analyses of food samples collected by the FDA or provided by other government agencies through the FDA.

We are excited to partner with these states as they perform such critical roles in ensuring food safety, said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs. The FDA is committed to investing in efforts that will better protect American consumers from food safety and food defense threats.

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