Grants for Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

(FSMA) Compliance (U01) Application Due Date(s)

April 21, 2016, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-16-002.html

 Purposes and Principles

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), is announcing the availability of a limited competition Cooperative Agreement.  The estimated amount of funds available for support of this cooperative agreement is $1,500,000 (direct and indirect costs) for fiscal year 2016.  It is anticipated that at least an additional two (2) years of support may be available, depending on annual appropriations and successful performance.

The intent of this cooperative agreement is to fund entities that have active working relationships with local food producers, processors, or enterprises and/or organizations that have demonstrated experience developing and providing science-based, culturally specific food safety training, education and outreach, for local food producers and processors, with an emphasis on those that are involved in diversified, sustainable, organic and identity-preserved agricultural operations; beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers; value-added farm businesses and small-size processors; and direct and intermediate supply chain participants.  Subcontracts to other organizations that meet the intent noted above are encouraged.  It is expected that applicants will specifically include collaboration between and among national and regional food safety leaders; relevant diversified, sustainable, organic and identity-preserved agricultural businesses or organizations; colleges, universities and related land grant cooperative extension programs; and  regional and local food sector organizations, among others, in order to reach the intended audience.  In addition, applicants are expected to collaborate with the established FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Alliances. Extensive cooperation and coordination with FDA CFSAN and other FDA program offices, the National Coordination and Regional Centers (established under the “National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance Program”), and FDA’s FSMA partners at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Federal organizations that have a vested interest in food safety among local food producer stakeholders is also expected.

The primary objective of this cooperative agreement is to develop and provide training, education, and outreach, and to facilitate identification of appropriate technical assistance resources for local food producers and processors related to applicable federal preventive controls regulations under FSMA, especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.  In addition, consideration should be given to local food producers not currently subject to the regulatory requirements but that have conveyed an interest in or have identified economic incentives to comply (i.e., marketplace requirements to comply or business growth outlooks) with such regulations.

Public Meeting on the Coordinated Framework on Biotechnology

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a public meeting on October 30, 2015, to discuss the memorandum entitled, “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products,” issued by the Executive Office of the President on July 2, 2015.  Continue reading

EPA seeks comment on SmartLabel Program

The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the second phase of the SmartLabel Pilot, an initiative to develop an electronic system for pesticide labels.  The SmartLabel system will allow pesticide manufacturers to develop and submit pesticide labels to EPA for review in an electronic format instead of as paper or PDF files.

SmartLabel will make the label review process more efficient by creating a standard template for the submission of pesticide label content to EPA, allowing for quicker reviews and easier comparisons to previous label versions. Additionally, SmartLabel will allow the agency to set up a searchable database of standardized label use data for all products, which can be used in support of risk assessments and registration decisions.  EPA is working with 9 pesticide manufacturers who volunteered for the SmartLabel pilot in December 2014.

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