USDA Awards $24 Million in Food Safety Research Grants
From Food Safety News
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced it will award $24 million to research projects for improving food safety. The grants were awarded to 35 projects at 26 schools across the country through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Food Safety program.
The categories of projects address critical and emerging food safety issues like the role of pigs in foodborne zoonotic transmission of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, effective mitigation strategies for antimicrobial resistance, improving the safety of fresh and fresh-cut produce, and the physical and molecular mechanisms of food contamination.
Separate from the NIFA announcement, Barabara Kowalcyk discussed the need for publicly-funded food safety research during last week’s National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
“I’m all for private industry putting money into research, but then you get research that the private industry needs,” she said. “We do need publicly funded research in food safety and agriculture.”