U.S.D.A. awards $14M for food safety education

(MEATPOULTRY.com, October 03, 2008)
by Bryan Salvage

Source of Article: http://www.meatpoultry.com/news/daily_enews.asp?ArticleID=96914




WASHINGTON Almost $14 million was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support research, education and outreach for food safety. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced U.S.D.A. awarded the grants in 19 states through the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative.

"Most often, the prevention of foodborne illnesses comes through education and safe-handling practices in the preparation of food," Mr. Schafer said. "Sound advice about food safety is based on good research to pinpoint potential pathways of contamination as well as effective solutions and safeguards."

National Integrated Food Safety Initiative grant funds are awarded each year by U.S.D.A.'s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service so that sound, practical, science-based knowledge can be shared among teachers, scientists, health professionals, researchers, farmers, food processors, foodservice workers and all who impact the safety of the U.S. food supply. N.I.F.S.I. grant funds are frequently used to develop education and outreach programs for consumers.

Project descriptions can be found at www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/food/pdfs/2008_competitive_projects.pdf.


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