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MDARD Awarded Food Safety Grants
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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has been awarded three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety grants that will provide funding for food and feed safety and animal health projects.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Jennifer Holton at 517-241-2485 or holtonj@michigan.gov

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Awarded Multiple Food Safety Grants


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has been awarded three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety grants that will provide funding for food and feed safety and animal health projects.

MDARD will use the funding to support activities in three areas. The first grant will improve Michigan’s ability to coordinate emergency response actions when unsafe foods are identified. This builds on MDARD’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) Implementation Project, a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that respond to food and feed outbreaks. The second grant supports MDARD activities to reduce antibiotic residue violations in dairy cattle, implement risk based feed inspection activities, and develop best practices for an emerging aquaponics industry. The third grant will help MDARD to develop an electronic Learning Management System that will be used at the state and local levels to improve record keeping and ensure compliance with national food program standards.

“The FDA food safety grants awarded to MDARD demonstrate our dedication to improving food and feed safety practices to protect public and animal health,” said MDARD Director, Jamie Clover Adams. “These grants will enable us to continue to work with local, federal, and other state agencies to improve these practices and our response to food emergencies.”

The grant activities will better integrate food, feed, and animal health best practices that reduce risk and protect human and animal health. MDARD will share best practices and lessons learned throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes region, and across the country to benefit food safety and animal health efforts nationwide.

For more information about FDA’s national integrated food safety system, visit www.fda.gov/fsma. For more information about MDARD’s food, feed and animal health programs, visit www.michigan.gov/mdard.