Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FDA launches $500,000 food-safety competition

The United States Food and Drug Administration has $500,000 to spark a competition for innovations that improve food safety.

The focus is salmonella, but the ocmpetition is open to a broader spectrum of food-borne diseases.

The money comes via the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 that grants all federal agencies authority to conduct prize competitions to spur innovation and solve problems.

Food safety experts such as scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators should submit concepts to the FDA by Nov. 9.

A panel of food safety and pathogen detection experts from FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA will judge submissions, determine finalists and select a winner or winners.

There is no indication that the competition is limited to U.S. citizens.