ARS national research program for food safety.
Subject: Food contamination (Laws, regulations and rules)
Food industry (Laws, regulations and rules)
Food industry (Production management)
Food industry (Safety and security measures)
Food (Safety and security measures)
Food (Laws, regulations and rules)
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: Agricultural Research Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Agricultural industry; Biotechnology industry; Business Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 U.S. Government Printing Office ISSN: 0002-161X
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 59 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 930 Government regulation; 230 Production management; 260 General services; 200 Management dynamics Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation; Food and beverage production/distribution software; Company business management
Product: SIC Code: 2000 FOOD AND KINDRED PRODUCTS
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Agricultural Research Service
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 273420938
Full Text: The Agricultural Research Service's national research program on Food Safety (#108) seeks ways to control or eliminate potentially harmful food contaminants at every step of the food production and processing continuum. Food contaminants include both introduced and naturally occurring pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites; toxins and nonbiological-based chemical contaminants; and mycotoxins and plant toxins.

The food safety program's aim is to provide scientific solutions to problems, leading to enhanced technology for producers and manufacturers, and to provide scientific information for development of regulations or guidelines by regulatory agencies so that consumers will have a secure, affordable, and safe food supply.

The overall vision of the program is to support public health. Since food safety and food security are global issues, ARS's research program involves both national and international collaborations through formal and informal partnerships.

The 2011-2015 ARS Strategic Action Plan for Food Safety emphasizes the following six major interrelated research areas:

* Population studies, which identify and characterize the movement, structure, and dynamics of populations throughout the entire food safety continuum.

* Systems biology, which involves a unique integrative approach to understanding the basic genetic components of pathogens and their expression and directly relates this information to the microorganism's biology.

* Technology development to detect and characterize contaminants entering food through raw materials or during processing, with the aim of avoiding or preventing the need for processing interventions or recall.

* Technology development for reduction and control of foodborne pathogens or other zoonotic organisms and chemical contaminants.

* Predictive microbiology, which describes the behavior of microorganisms in the food environment, an integral part of microbial risk assessment used to support food safety measures.

* Technology development and scientific data for regulation and control of veterinary drugs, residues, heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and biological toxins derived from bacteria, fungi, and plants.

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More information on national program #108 can be found at www.nps. ars.usda.gov. *
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