The FDA recently announced two opportunities for funding to enhance food safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first cooperative agreement is for Native American tribes, and the second cooperative agreement is for local food producers. The outreach, education and training needs addressed focus on applicable federal preventive controls regulations under FSMA, especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.
With this announcement, the FDA signals a focus on providing small and mid-sized food producers and processors with food safety training and education that addresses manufacturing and processing procedures employed by smaller scale operations.
The tribal cooperative agreement will award up to $750,000 each year for three years, while the local food producer agreement is for $1,500,000 in FY 2016, with the possibility of two additional years of support.