UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 19/07/13 New tool for food systems researchers PRLog (Press Release) - Jul. 19, 2013 - ITHACA, N.Y. -- In an effort to narrow the gap between implementation of local food system projects and related academic research, a team at the University of California Davis compiled articles from peer-reviewed journals into an extensive bibliography. Their article, “Community food systems: Strengthening the research-to-practice continuum,” provides an initial analysis of the bibliography and is published in the spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (www.AgDevJournal.com). “Our hope is to foster a conversation about community food systems in which research and practice are mutually reinforcing,” says co-author David Campbell of the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. The paper concludes with suggestions for research that responds to the challenges and unites practitioners and academics.
Grants for Nonprofits - GrantWatch AVMA - 2012 - Research Priorities of the American Veterinary Medical Association The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) represents the veterinary medical profession and, as of 2012, includes more than 82,600 member veterinarians, or approximately 82 percent of the veterinary medical professionals in the United States. Included in this membership is a formidable resource for tackling existing and emerging scientific problems related to both animal and human health, including more than 10,600 veterinarians with advanced training in fields such as nutrition, toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, parasitology, pathology, laboratory animal medicine, and a multitude of veterinary clinical specialties. Further, more than 15% of the AVMA membership has a graduate degree in addition to their DVM degree, including ~ 4200 DVM/PhD members. The mission of the AVMA includes the improvement of animal and human health. Research and / or programs that address or support: Background and rationale: Clinical research for the benefit of animal health.
BE Etats-Unis 329 >> 29/04/2013 Recherche agronomique/Science des aliments - Importations alimentaires : la sécurité sanitaire a Recherche agronomique/Science des alimentsImportations alimentaires : la sécurité sanitaire au premier plan Un nouveau rapport de l'Agence américaine de l'Alimentation et des Médicaments (FDA) paru en février 2013, "Renforcement des dispositifs de sécurité sanitaire pour les produits importés" (FDA International Food Safety Capacity-Building Plan), énonce de nouvelles règles sanitaires relatives à l'importation de produits vers les Etats-Unis (inspections, transfert de connaissances, mise en place de partenariats, ...) . Ce rapport s'inscrit dans le cadre des actions de la loi de modernisation de la sécurité sanitaire (Food Safety Modernization Act - FSMA), signée en janvier 2011 par Barack Obama, et qui stipule que la FDA est chargée de mettre en place un nouveau système de sécurité sanitaire basé sur le principe de prévention, sur une évaluation des risques sanitaires, et sur la mise en place de partenariats public-privé.
Review: Food Fraud Application of GAO Report on Intellectual Property-Related Customs Exclusion Orders (19 US Code 1337) | Food Fraud Initiative The Food Industry could benefit from utilizing the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Exclusion Order rules. At minimum, it is critical that ALL companies register their brands with CBP. If you don’t register your brands then you’re missing out on the possible help of CBP. In November 2015 the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Intellectual Property: US Customs and Border Protection Could Better Manage Its Process to Enforce Exclusion Orders .” The Exclusion Orders are the application of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 US Code 1337) . The Exclusion Order The Exclusion Order is a unique action that bars import of specific products or shipment of product by specific companies. Review of the Exclusion Data To review, “violations” are reported to CBP for review. Of the 604 violations (lawsuits initiated by the brand owners) from January 2010 to December 2015, 95% were patent, trademark, and unfair competition. Summary
TECHCRUNCH 29/06/16 Ancera raises $8.9 million for tech to prevent food poisoning and recalls (Startup du Connecticut) A startup based in Branford, Connecticut, Ancera Inc. has raised $8.9 million in Series A funding for technology that helps food producers detect contaminants faster than other methods will allow. The company’s mission is to prevent food waste, recalls or worse, the spread of food-borne illnesses, said Ancera CEO and founder Arjun Ganesan. Investors in the deal included: Glass Capital Management, a Florida-based family fund; and corporate strategic backers Packers Sanitation Services (PSSI), Metabiota and other unnamed investors. The new round brings the company’s total capital raised to $12.3 million. For the unfamiliar, PSSI and Metabiota are big names in food safety. Common biological threats in the food industry include: salmonella, e. coli, Listeria and other contaminants that make people very sick, and can even cause fatalities. Piper can detect and quantify salmonella in a sample within one to eight hours. Featured Image: Ancera Inc.
FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE - December 2016/January 2017 - Au sommaire: Environmental Monitoring in the Era of Whole-Genome Sequencing Process Control | December 2016/January 2017 By Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)-regulated community is accustomed to pathogen environmental monitoring programs, but the topic may challenge some U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated facilities as they update their food safety practices to comply with various aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act. 1. 2. 3. Additionally, the scientific advances and rapid adoption of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to identify, with a greater degree of specificity than ever before, the isolates found when regulators swab a facility take the concern around environmental monitoring to a whole new level. Lack of Understanding Food safety and quality managers should make the time to read some of the great environmental monitoring articles and guidance documents available. One point of confusion centers on the definition of an RTE food. • Swabbing during pre-op, not production
NIFA USDA 27/07/17 USDA Invests $15.7 Million for Research to Improve Livestock and Aquaculture Media contact: Sally Gifford, 202-720-2047 WASHINGTON, D.C. July 27, 2017 – The U.S. # USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and employer. NIFA USDA 29/11/17 USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funds Food Safety and Nutrition to Promote Safe Food Supply Media Contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376 WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick consuming contaminated foods or beverages,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. # USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and employer.
USDA 19/02/15 USDA-NIFA and United Kingdom-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Partner for Animal Disease Prevention Research WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) today announced five jointly funded research awards that total more than $2.3 million from NIFA and £2.3 million British pounds ($3,502,683 equivalent) from the BBSRC for the US-UK Collaborative Animal Health and Disease and Veterinary Immune Reagents program. This US-UK partnership addresses high impact diseases and animal health issues relevant to both countries. "As a leading livestock producing nation, the health of the people in the United States and around the world depends on the safety, security, and quality of the livestock we produce," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. Steve Visscher, BBSRC Deputy Chief Executive, International, said: "A growing world population means that safe and secure food supplies are going to become more and more important in the years to come.
EUREKALERT 18/07/18 146 Scientists identify five key research fields for transforming US agriculture and food production Etude en question: WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2018)--A new blueprint produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), "Science Breakthroughs 2030," lays out how research can transform the fields of agriculture and food production. Drawn from an extensive process that incorporated the voices of 146 scientists in dozens of fields, the report highlights potential "breakthroughs" through five critical initiatives of agricultural research that need to be prioritized--microbiomes, gene editing, data analysis, sensors and biosensors, and transdisciplinary collaborations. "Agriculture is confronting a crisis no less epic than the dustbowl of the 1930s," said Thomas Grumbly, President of the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, which commissioned the NASEM report. "The American scientific community has now mapped out how we can transform food production, answering many of the challenges that have emerged to getting dinner on the table every night.