In a bid to optimise US food safety inspection results, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set aside a US$6.5 mill. grant to improve the current food safety system.
The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) will receive an annual grant of US$1.3 mill. , over the next five years, which will be used in its work with the FDA, building an integrated food safety system.
It is hoped the grant will help the IFPTI prevent food borne illnesses, which strike approximately 48 million Americans each year and kill thousands.
The funding will support the implementation of the national food-training infrastructure detailed by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
IFPTI, which is an initiative of the Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI), provides food protection training curriculum and has trained more than 1,800 food safety inspectors from 49 US states.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration