Wake Forest University Awarded $15,000 USDA Food Safety Grant

Wake Forest University Awarded $15,000 USDA Food Safety Grant
March 31, 2015

Wake Forest University is one of 36 grant recipients that are implementing projects intended to ensure a safe food supply.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6.7 million in food safety grants for projects dealing with antimicrobial resistance and consumer protection.

Wake Forest University's $15,000 grant will be used to organize the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis meeting to foster communication and collaboration between scientists engaged in microbial pathogenesis research and give students and post-doctoral fellows an opportunity to present research to subject matter experts.

NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Safety program to protect consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur in the food chain, from production to consumption.

"Increasing food safety continues to be a major focus for USDA, as it directly impacts the health and well-being of all Americans," NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy said in a statement. "Funding provided to universities supports discoveries of new ways that we can prevent foodborne illnesses and increase the safety of our food production industry."

This year's projects also include Washington State University's efforts to discover causes and solutions for AMR impact on dairy farms and calf-rearing ranches by researching the effects of different antibiotics on AMR prevalence, the existence of AMR reservoirs and niches, and the maintenance and spread of AMR throughout the farms and ranches.

Tennessee State University researchers will focus on implementing a holistic roadmap for accelerating the innovation process in irradiation research, guiding technology development for contaminant treatment.

A complete list of this year's project descriptions is available on the NIFA website.