FDA to spend $2.5B on technology upgrade

FDA awarding up to $2.5 billion to 10 contractors for information technology upgrade

September 30, 2008: 05:08 PM EST

Source of Article:  http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/4f1f5e24e32725e1be4a6beb0ce8e2fb.htm

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will spend as much as $2.5 billion to upgrade the technology it uses to track the safety of food, drugs and other products.

The announcement comes after a year when the FDA has been criticized for its handling of a salmonella outbreak that implicated peppers and tomatoes. The ultimate source of the outbreak may never be known, regulators said, partly because of shortcomings in the nation's food safety system.

The funds will be awarded over the next decade to 10 contractors, including General Dynamics Corp., Computer Sciences Corp. and Unisys Corp. The companies will compete for various tasks as the agency transfers its data tracking operations to two new systems.

"We are creating a high-tech, efficient, data management system designed to meet the needs of those who must accomplish our mission _ protecting and promoting the health of the American public," FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said in a statement.




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