National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The local food trend continues to spread, with U.S. consumers increasingly wanting to know exactly where their food comes from, but new data from Auburn University shows food safety issues at “small” and “very small” farms.

“Small and very small facilities do not have as many resources, and, while there are definitely fairly inexpensive ways…

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.

UT water disinfection system Chlorine, peroxyacetic acid and ultraviolet light water-disinfection methods being evaluated on strawberry plots at the University of Tennessee’s Plateau Research and…

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).…

Farm_406x250In 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…

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.

Vivian Wu
Dr. Vivian Wu
Dr. Vivian Wu, a professor of food science, will be…

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…

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.…

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…