U-C Davis Receives Grant to Protect Food From Harmful Agents

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 23, 2004
Federal Homeland Security officials yesterday (Monday) presented the university’s Institute for Food Safety with the two-year grant. Institute director Jerry Gillespie says they’ll be focusing on more than three dozen biological and chemical threats. We’ll look at the whole range of potential contaminants that could be introduced. Terrorists aren’t limited by what occurs naturally. They have at their disposal a wide variety of potential harmful agents that they could introduce. Gillespie says the institute will look at several types of food. We are going to focus first on the products that come from dairies and we’re going to focus on a variety of processed fruits and vegetables because we feel that those are the ones that are potentially vulnerable. Gillespie says the grant will help them train people in the food industry to anticipate, prevent and respond to harmful acts directed at the food system. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.