Missouri gets $1.2M in federal food safety grants

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 11:45 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has received more than $1.2 million in federal grants for its food safety efforts.

About $900,000 will go to the Missouri departments of Health and Agriculture. The agencies will develop training programs for state and local officials who might be involved in responding to a natural disaster or an outbreak of a foodborne illness.

About $300,000 will go to train Missouri food producers and government officials to assess processing plants for potential food safety risks and implement safety plans.

A smaller grant of $37,000 will focus on training poultry and egg producers on preventing salmonella from contaminating their farms.

All of the grants were awarded on a competitive basis by the Food and Drug Administration.

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