F.D.A. awards grants for food and feed safety

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has awarded three one-year Food Safety and Security Monitoring grants totaling $1 million to the states of Arkansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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

The three states will each receive $350,000 to fund Food Emergency Response Network chemistry laboratories.

The Arkansas Department of Health will use the grant to increase the department’s ability to test for toxic and unknown substances in food products, provide regional support for national responses during food surveillance activities, increase state and local emergency response capacities, and to become more proficient in testing foods for toxic and unknown substances.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will use the grant to enable analyses of foods and food products if redundancy or additional laboratory capacity is needed for chemical-related analyses.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture will use the grant for a reserve capacity within the F.E.R.N. for response to chemical-related analysis needs or a reserve for a significant event that threatens the national food supply.

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