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FDA backs food safety research

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA intends to fund the Western Center for Food Safety for up to five years and with up to $4.1 million, according to a notice prepared for the June 30 Federal Register. FDA's support of the collaborative center, to be located at the University of California, Davis, "will improve public health by creating an applied research, education, and outreach program" that considers interactions between food protection and agriculture, the notice says. WCFS programs will include contributions from industry, academia, non-governmental organizations and international entities to develop best practices for mitigating risks during agricultural production. FDA has offered funding to state food protection task forces and sought cooperation with state agencies to root out contaminants in the food production cycle (1"The Tan Sheet" June 16, 2008, In Brief)...

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