The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had handed out the cash to fund major collaborative projects under four themes; response, intervention, innovation, and prevention.
The agency gave up to $500,000 for teams across nine states dedicated to providing a rapid response to food hazards. Financial support was also given to Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) laboratories to boost capacity for analysing food samples in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak. Facilities in dozens of states received up to $400,000 each.
Grants were also handed out under the Innovative Food Defense and Food Protection Task Force Program designed to improve state and local initiatives in food safety.
“These cooperative agreements are another step in the FDA’s continuing efforts to build an integrated food safety system between federal, state, and local partners,” said Joseph Reardon, director of the FDA’s division of federal-state relations.