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Food Safety and Security Monitoring Project (FERN)

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Acquisitions & Grants Services
(see all US Federal Agencies)

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  • Original Grant - May 27, 2005
Applications Due:

Jun 24, 2005

total funding: $2,100,000
max award: $350,000
min award: $0
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 6
type of funding: Cooperative Agreement
Description:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory
Affairs (ORA), Division of Federal-State Relations (DFSR), is
announcing the availability of cooperative agreements for equipment,
supplies, personnel, training, and facility upgrades to Food Emergency
Response Laboratory Network (FERN) laboratories of State, local, and
tribal governments. The cooperative agreements are to enable the
analyses of foods and food products in the event that redundancy and/or
additional laboratory surge capacity is needed by FERN for analyses
related to chemical terrorism. These grants are also intended to expand
participation in networks to enhance Federal, State, local, and tribal
food safety and security efforts.
The goal of ORA's cooperative agreement program is to complement,
develop, and improve State, local, and Indian tribal food safety and
security testing programs. With cooperative agreement grant funds this
will be accomplished through the provision of supplies, personnel,
facility upgrades, training in current food testing methodologies,
participation in proficiency testing to establish additional reliable
laboratory sample analysis capacity, and analysis of surveillance
samples. In the event of a large-scale chemical terrorism event
affecting foods or food products, the recipient may be required to
perform selected chemical analyses of domestic and imported food
samples collected and supplied to the laboratory by FDA or other
Federal agencies through FDA. These samples may consist of, but are not
limited to, the following: Vegetables and fruits (fresh and packaged);
juices (concentrate and diluted); grains and grain products; seafood
and other fish products; milk and other dairy products; infant formula;
baby foods; bottled water; condiments; and alcoholic products (beer,
wine, scotch).
All grant application projects that are developed at State, local,
and tribal levels must have national implication or application that
can enhance Federal food safety and security programs. At the
discretion of FDA, successful project formats will be made available to
interested Federal, State, local, and tribal government FERN
laboratories.
There are four key project areas identified for this effort:
(1) The use of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
analysis for the screening and identification of poisons, toxic
substances, and unknown compounds in foods;
(2) The use of Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)
analysis for the screening and identification of poisons, toxic
substances, and unknown compounds in foods;
(3) The use of Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/
MS) analysis for the screening and identification of heavy metals and
toxic elements in foods; and,
(4) The use of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and other
antibody-based analyses for the screening and identification of unknown
toxins in foods.
FDA will support the projects covered by this notice under the
authority of section 312 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism
Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) (Public
Law 107-188). This program is described in the Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance under number 93.448.

Who can apply:

Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

More Information:

Food Safety and Security Monitoring Project (FERN)

If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Polit, Cynthia

Address Info:

Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Acquisitions & Grants Services

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