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Federal Agencies with Cooperative
Agreement and Grant Opportunities Available to State and Food Safety Agencies
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS)
The FSIS, a public health regulatory agency, protects consumers by ensuring
that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.
The ARS is the principal research agency of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. ARS is charged with extending the Nation's scientific
knowledge across a broad range of program areas that affect the American
people on a daily basis.
State Research, Education, and Extension Service, (CSREES)
The CSREES, in cooperation with partners and customers, provides the
focus to advance a global system of research, extension and higher education
in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human
sciences to benefit people, communities, and the Nation. Grant
opportunities are available at
Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA protects human health and safeguards the natural environment.
Grant and fellowship opportunities are available at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/grants.htm.
Department of Health and Human Services
GrantsNet is the homepage for funding sources for the Department
of Health and Human Services.
Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Federal-State Relations
The Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Federal-State Relations,
interacts with, and serves as the focal point for cooperating state and
local officials, and associations of those state officials, to promote
cohesive and uniform policies and activities in food and drug-related
matters. Information on grant funds for the support of innovative food
safety projects are available at http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_state/innovative_grants.html
Centers for Disease Control and
The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease
prevention and control, environmental health promotion and education
activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United
States. Information on grant and other project funding opportunities
are available at http://www.cdc.gov/funding.htm.
Other Sources for Food Safety
Information and Guidance
FSIS Food Safety
Education and Consumer Information
State Officials -
Cooperative Meat and Poultry Inspections Programs
State Agriculture Commissioners and State Directors for Cooperative
Meat and Poultry Programs
Technical Service Center and District Offices
Meat and Poultry Hotline
(1-800-535-4555; 1-800-256-7072/TTY) -
Helps consumers prevent foodborne illness by answering their questions
about safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat and poultry
Technical Service Center Interagency Regulator's
Information Line (1-800-233-3935; Fax: 1-402-221-7367;
- Provides answers to questions from regulatory and
public health officials concerning products under FSIS' jurisdiction,
with emphasis on meat, poultry, and egg product safety, from farm to
table. The staff responds to technical and regulatory questions
on the raising of animals, the slaughter of animals, the processing of
products from those animals, and the handling of such products during
transportation, storage, retail, and food service operations.
The Information Line is staffed from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, CST, Monday
of State and Local Officials - 2001
Health, Agriculture, Board
of Pharmacy and other State Departments
Food Safety Task Forces
State Food Safety Task Forces foster
communication and cooperation among the food safety regulatory
agencies within the states. FSIS and FDA participate with the
states in addressing food safety issues at the state and local level
that are being addressed at the national level.
Food Safety Task Force ... A Compilation of Progress Reports, II,
Summer 2001" provides updates on state food safety task force
activities. A list of state contacts is provided.
and Other Agencies
Government Partners in Food Safety
Association of State Meat and Food Inspection Directors (NASMFID)
The NASMFID is an organization of directors, assistant
directors, and professional employees of state meat and poultry
Association of Food and Drug Officials
AFDO fosters uniformity among jurisdictions in the adoption and
enforcement of food, drug and other
laws and regulations that protect public health and safety. AFDO and its six regional
affiliates provide a forum for addressing a wide range of
issues concerning food safety and consumer protection. Members
officials of Federal, State and local regulatory agencies.
Conference for Food Protection
The CFP provides a public forum for a discussion of issues relating
to retail food safety policies and requirements. The CFP
provides recommendations to the Federal agencies on policies and
changes to the Food Code. Members consist of state and local
regulators, industry representatives, consumer representatives, and
Food Safety Training and Education Alliance (FSTEA)
FSTEA is an organization of government, industry, consumer and
academic institutions dedicated to improving food safety training
and education at the retail level. The Alliance coordinates
efforts of its members to remove barriers to communication by
facilitating information exchange, strengthening communication
networks and alliances, and coordinating collaborative projects.
Training Resources Available to States and Local
Food Safety Virtual University
Offers a variety of programs and training opportunities. The Food
Safety Virtual University (FSVU) is an effort to utilize rapidly advancing
technology to deliver training and education in the area of food safety to a
widely dispersed and very diverse audience. The FSVU is a work in
progress, and over time, visitors will have a menu of programs and
information to choose from. The College
of State and Local Studies, which is part of the FSVU, is intended to provide a high degree of food
safety training support to State and local officials. The College will
provide training materials to regulators in a variety of delivery formats.
Food and Drug
Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs On Line University (ORA
ORA U is an effort to reach more people, at more locations, in a more
timely manner to provide high-quality, cost-effective training that is
critical to protecting American consumers.
National Agricultural Library (NAL) Foodborne Illness Education
The NAL Foodborne Illness Education Information Center provides
information about foodborne illness prevention to educators, trainers,
and organizations developing education and training materials for food
workers and consumers. The center is part of an interagency
agreement between the FSIS and the FDA.
Public Health Training
The PHTN is a distance learning system that takes training to the learner.
PHTN uses a variety of instructional media ranging from print-based to
videotape and multimedia to meet the training needs of the public health