Actualidad nacional e internacionalEne. 20, 2015
USA/Seguridad alimentaria: FDA establece un nuevo programa para ayudar a pequeños agricultores y productores de alimentos
A grant program is being established to benefit small growers, food processors, fruit and vegetable wholesalers, and farms that lack access to food safety training.
The Food and Drug Administration partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to administer the program, called the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Program, according to a news release from the FDA.
The program will award competitive grant funds that will allow grant recipients to establish a national coordination center and also regional centers that will also provide food safety training and education to growers. The FDA said about $200,000 will be awarded for the program in fiscal year 2015.
Eligible organizations for the grant funds include universities, federal, state and tribal agencies, groups representing growers, and other organizations that share a commitment to public health and food safety, according to the FDA.
The release said the program will provide funding so smaller operators could receive training, education and technical assistance to match the standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to the release.