Three MSU AgBioResearch scientists landed grants totaling nearly $3 million from the USDA to work to improve food safety.
December 15, 2011
Three Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientists landed grants totaling nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for work to improve food safety.
The grants were publicized as part of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan’s visit to MSU in December, during which she announced 17 grants totaling $10.4 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to universities around the country.
“Michigan State has one of the largest and most-respected groups of food safety researchers in the country,” said Ian Gray, vice president for research and graduate studies. “We recognize the global need for an integrated, systems-based approach to solving the problems of food-borne illness and believe that MSU should leverage its outstanding research advantage to take a leadership role in this arena.”
The three AgBioResearch scientists receiving grant dollars are part of the recently created MSU Food Safety Group. This team comprises about 30 MSU researchers from more than 10 departments working with other universities around the world to improve food safety. The grant recipients are:
“With millions of Americans contracting foodborne illnesses each year, the USDA is committed to supporting research that improves the safety of our nation’s food supply,” Merrigan said. “Primarily, we expect that the research and education spurred by these grants will find solutions to some pressing food safety issues. Additionally, we want to help American consumers, restaurant employees and teachers put new food safety principles into practice. Ensuring the safety of food is a top priority for USDA, and we will continue to work with our public- and private-sector partners on developing solutions to decrease potential risks."