Iowa State University has received the grant to begin the North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance and the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College will establish The Northeast Center.
The regional centers will try to understand and communicate training opportunities available to target businesses in their region.
They will work with non-governmental and community-based organizations and cooperative extension services, food hubs, local farm cooperatives and others to address community needs.
Food industry training will be important for successful implementation of FSMA, said the FDA.
In 2015, the FDA and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grant Program.
Grants will fund a National Coordination Center (NCC) and four Regional Centers (RCs), which will be involved in training—primarily facilitating delivery but also developing the content.
In October last year, FDA announced the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) will establish the National Coordination Center.
NIFA announced the first two regional centers at the same time. The University of Florida will create the Southern Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Center to Enhance Produce Safety.
Oregon State University received the grant to start the Western Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Center to Enhance Food Safety.