Kentucky Partners With Federal Government To Improve Food Safety

Jul 18, 2018

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve food safety in the Commonwealth.

According to a release on Wednesday, the agreement will release a $2.84 million to Kentucky over the next three years. This is to help food producers in Kentucky comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

The rule is designed to establish standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

The funds will be divided between the KDA, the University of Kentucky and the Food Safety Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

The cooperative agreement with Kentucky was one of three the FDA announced last week – the others were with Hawaii and Mississippi – bringing the number of partner states to 46 and raising nationwide federal funding to $32.5 million.