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Extension project targets contaminated water risk to produce

A multistate research and outreach project designed to assist produce growers with reducing food safety risks from contaminated surface water is taking shape at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Besides helping to mitigate these risks, the project is also meant to help growers better understand and comply with requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Final Rule… Continue Reading

USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (AFRI). “Through our Antimicrobial Resistance… Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy

In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

NC State-Led Team Creates ‘Vomiting Machine’ to Study Norovirus Transmission

The British have long referred to Norovirus as “the vomiting disease,” but now a “vomiting machine” has been invented at North Carolina State University and put to serious use in the study of how the illness spreads. This week, the open source journal PLOS ONE published the NC State research under the title, “Aerosolization of a… Continue Reading

Research Funded to Help Control Contamination of Low-Moisture Foods

A University of Maine researcher has received a $4.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop ways of using non-thermal technologies to control microbial contamination of low-moisture foods. Dr. Vivian Wu, a professor of food science, will be lead researcher on a five-year project to explore… Continue Reading

FDA Announces Food-Safety Education Grants for Small Farms, Processors

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a competitive grant program to fund food-safety training, education and technical assistance consistent with standards being established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has joined in the program targeted at small farm… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview on Food Traceability with Tejas Bhatt, Manager of Food Safety Programs at IFT

Food Safety News interviewed Tejas Bhatt, manager of food safety programs at the Institute of Food Technologists, about food traceability at the recent 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Bhatt discussed the challenges of traceability systems, the traceability provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act, and the future of food traceability…. Continue Reading

USDA Doles Out $10.4 Million in Food Safety Grants

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded 17 grants in 13 states to improve the safety of the food supply through research, education and extension. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grants, totaling $10.4 million, to universities to help address a broad spectrum… Continue Reading